NRCA Events-National Safety Stand-Down

As part of its annual support for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction taking place throughout the U.S. from May 7-11, 2018, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to host two educational events aimed at reducing fall fatalities in the roofing industry.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show 92 workers in the roofing industry died in 2016 from falls that occurred as they were doing their jobs. Those numbers reflect 92 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one — a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter.

Organized by OSHA, the National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.

On May 7, NRCA will offer a free webinar at 1 p.m. (CDT), that will kick off with an introduction from Dean McKenzie, OSHA’s director of the directorate of construction. It will focus on how to use a job hazard analysis (JHA) and other pre-job resources and activities during the job and after its completion. A roofing company’s safety culture and its effects on fall prevention also will be addressed.

The second event, a live half-day fall-prevention awareness seminar, will take place Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Topics will build off the previous day’s webinar, including performing a JHA, discussing and demonstrating hazards associated with rescuing a fallen worker while suspended by his or her fall-arrest system, key fall-protection regulatory requirements and case studies from attendees’ fall-related experiences. All attendees are encouraged to listen to the webinar before attending the seminar.

Job foremen, superintendents, roofing contractors and safety directors are encouraged to attend both events.

Original Article At: Roofing Magazine

Roofing Made Easy!

Did you say you own a home in Brisbane? Oh, you are buying a home in Brisbane! What matters here is that there is a home in Brisbane. You will be interested in the roofing industry over there for when the need arises.

The roof is an essential part of the house as it shelters you from outside hazards that can get in from above. You do not want to be rudely awoken from sweet slumber by bird droppings on your face. The thought of getting you and your bedding soaked in a downpour must cause some shudders. Weather and animals need to be kept outside.

Good roofing is therefore a top consideration.

You will find a variety of services offered by roofing companies including:

  • Re-roofing
  • Guttering
  • Roof restoration
  • Roof repairs

Types of roofing

From thatched, slate and tile roofs and from the difference between flat and pitched roofs, you will definitely find the style that meets your specifications. Have a look at these styles:

Slate and tile

Sophistication is what you get with slate and tile shingles. Slate has a natural appearance and does not burn or rot. It is easy to maintain. It has a life expectancy of up to 100 years.

However, the cost may be prohibitive and slate tiles are quite heavy. They require a particular expertise, are brittle and can make cleaning and maintenance quite a challenge.

Metal

The main advantage of metal roofing is its resistance to extreme weather changes. Metal roofing is available in two types: panels and shingles.

They are light in weight and last long and can be recycled. If you are into harvesting water, this is the type of roofing you want.

Asphalt shingles

These are economical and installing them is easy. You can attempt a DIY with these, but it pays to get an experienced hand to install them for you.

You can play around with colours, plus they work with just about any architectural style. To put a downer on these though, asphalt does not last as long as other types of roofing material and its insulation is not as good.

In addition, when shingles fall into your gutters, you can apply these simple gutter cleaning tricks to work out any mess that causes back flow and build up.

Clay and concrete tiles

You need a professional to install these ones. They are durable but heavy. On top of their durability, they are also fireproof. On the downside, they are murder on the wallet, heavy and you may need additional framing.

Shake and wood shingles

That grey shade brings beauty to a house. However, wood and fire are bosom buddies, so you will need to fireproof this roofing.

Synthetic

Synthetic roofing is available in plastic, rubber and polymer. You can get strong and fire-resistant material that is easy to maintain.

Investigate to find out how the material wears out.

While they are cheaper, heavier and less fragile than natural roofing, they vary in quality and may not be good for extreme weather. Synthetic roofs do sometimes leak, however, fixing these leaks from the inside are easier to do when working with Synthetic.

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