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Roofing electrical safety talk

Roofing electrical safety talk

Electrical safety is not an initial thought that comes to mind when we think about roofing safety. However, it is a very critical one to consider.

Below are some helpful tips for roofing worker regarding electrical safety:

  • During initial site inspection, it should be noted if there are any high voltage lines on location.
  • If power lines are on location a set plan should be established for safely working around or shutting down the energy.
  • Ladders used should be made of wood or fiberglass material.
  • If it is determined that a safe distance from lines will be kept instead of shutting them down be alert to activities that could contact the lines such as placing a ladder or scaffolding, even carrying metal material such as flashing.
  • Minimize the use of extension cords and do not overload outlets.
  • Electrical equipment used on site should be properly grounded and double insulated.
  • Avoid wet areas with electrical equipment use.
  • Any heavy equipment used on site should be kept safety back from power lines.

High voltage electricity can jump to a conductor without direct contact. Low voltage lines are powerful enough to cause injury or death. All workers should be alerted to area hazards and signs should be posted.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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