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Shingle tear off safety talk

Shingle tear off safety talk

Employees are faced with various types of hazards during shingle tear off activities. These can vary from a fall, to exposed nails, heat stress, electrical hazards, as well as strains and sprains.

Ways to assess and address these risks:

  • A company fall protection plan should be implemented and reviewed with all employees
  • Power lines should be assessed at the start of each job and a plan should be put in place to shut off power of any lines running to the home
  • Ensure any openings on the roofs such as skylights are guarded properly
  • Limit area directly below the perimeter of the home to prevent debris from falling on anyone below
  • Do not walk on any scrap material such as tarping, or plastic
  • Repair or cover any failing decking to prevent someone from falling through
  • Work should not be performed on any roof that is wet or icy
  • Sweep off any excess asphalt granules to prevent slips
  • Utilize shingle tear off tools to avoid sprain or strain
  • A magnetic sweeper should be used to pick up any excess nails
  • Ensure anchoring methods are safe and that the anchor source is able to withstand the appropriate weight/force of a fall
  • Get rid of scraps as removal takes place

Assess the roof you are working on before the job begins. Look for clear hazards such as a slippery surface, soft areas on the roof, and determine where scrap material will go. Planning with these basic rules can prevent a potential major accident.


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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