If you have spent long enough in the roofing profession, then you have probably heard several variations of this question: when is it too hot to be working on a roof? That’s a good question even though summer days are one of the most ideal times for roof work. Needless to say, temperatures continue to spike throughout different parts of the country, so if you are worried about liability issues regarding high temperatures and roofing work, here is what you need to know:
The first thing you need to know is that yes, there is a certain temperature that you need to keep in mind. As a general rule of thumb, if the temperature is above 90 degrees, then it isn’t a good situation for you to be doing your roofing.
As a roofing worker or supervisor, there are several potential hazards that you must look out for. These potential health issues would include the following:
One of the most potentially dangerous effects of working on roofs or doing any other type of physical labor on roofs would have to be extreme dehydration. If you are working outside in the hot sun, you need to drink plenty of water, and this means even more water than you think is necessary. This is because we lose a lot more body fluids when we sweat, including electrolytes and sodium. If you have headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, or nausea, then chances are you have dehydration.
Sunburns can range from mildly annoying to life threatening. The first-degree burns are not so bad, but once they increase to second and third-degree burns you have something to worry about. You would treat a second-degree sunburn by aloe-based lotions, low-pressure cool showers, and cool baths. Large blisters and patches of white skin along with severe pain will often accompany third-degree burns, and for these you have no choice but to seek serious medical attention.
Finally, any extended time on top of a customer’s roof could lead to heatstroke and heat exhaustion. If you are experiencing extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, and lightheadedness, it’s time for you to take a break. Don’t let it progress to heatstroke, because then it could lead to damage from your vital organs, including your heart, brain, or kidneys.
Our main goal is dedication to the job at hand but also safety. We will get your work done in a quick, efficient, and appropriate manner, but please give us time to keep our guys strong and healthy.