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Roofing

Casa Latina recommends taking the following steps to ensure safe, efficient, and high-quality work:

  • Provide workers with necessary tools and equipment

All Casa Latina workers come with their own personal protective equipment (WORK BOOTS, SAFETY GOGGLES, EAR PLUGS, N95 DUST MASK, and RUBBERIZED COTTON GLOVES). If additional tools and safety equipment are required for the job, they must be provided by the employer. This includes roofing equipment and safety equipment such as ladders and body harnesses. Working from heights is not dangerous if done using appropriate protective equipment. Casa Latina advises employers to provide workers with body harnesses whenever work is being done on roofs of 10ft or more.
 
  • Create a work plan

Plan ahead. Think through every step of the job before starting, including preparation, implementation, and cleanup. Make note of how you’ll get the material to the job site and whether or not you’ll need to rent special tools and equipment.
 
  • Make sure all power tools are in good working condition

Before your worker arrives, check all power tools and extension cords for wear-and-tear or damage (such as exposed wires or dull blades). Make sure all extension cords have a ground prong (the third pin). Do not use damaged power tools or extension cords.
 

Protective equipment that may be required:

Body harness: for roofs, gutters, scaffolding, and ladders more than 10ft tall

Hard hart: to protect from falling objects and overhead objects

Leather gloves: for work with wood and roofing materials

Casa Latina trains all our workers to follow OSHA standards for health and safety in the workplace. Some of the most important safety tips we promote are:

  • To properly use protective equipment
  • To make sure all tools and equipment are in good working condition
  • To use ergonomic position techniques
  • To check the work area for hazards and to clean or move anything that can cause an accident
  • To read all labels and follow proper guidelines
  • To properly ventilate the work area

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