How to Know Your Commercial Roofing Contractor is Safe

May 13, 2014

If you want a roofing contractor that proactively addresses danger and risks, then your qualification process must also be proactive. Find out how important safety is and what countermeasures are put in place to address risk; the following seven steps can help.

  1. Ask if the contractor has a full-time safety director.
  2. Request a copy of the contractor’s safety loss control manual.
  3. Inquire about who is responsible for enforcing safety policies and what enforcement entails.
  4. Request a copy of the contractor’s substance abuse policy.
  5. Have the contractor demonstrate their process for conducting a job hazard analysis and developing countermeasures.
  6. Ask for credentials of project team members (e.g. OSHA 10-hour training, certifications, etc.).
  7. Require that a short list of projects be supplied, where the hazards encountered and countermeasures required were similar to those at your facility.

This information helps make a decision about who to hire and provides peace of mind as the contractor you’ve hired executes the work. You don’t want to discover as work begins that the roofing crew, like the one pictured above that is removing a roof deck without fall protection, doesn’t adhere to the same high standards for safety as your company.

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