We've finished strapping and sheeting about half of the total roof surface. It's slow going at times. It's less tempting to rush through the day when you're working so high up on a steep roof. We had someone on the inside making cuts for a while, but now that we've sheeted over those access points, we've set up a cut station on the flatter part of the roof and our 4-man team has been working in pairs.
There's a bit of waiting around involved. There's only so much you can do to keep busy when you're clinging onto the roof while the other person climbs back to the cut station. Fortunately, we've had great weather and the views from up here are spectacular. Our cordless saws have really earned their keep. Our nail guns are sorely in need of hooks though.
This is one of the few times I felt that my usual work clothing wasn't suitable for the task. Apparently there's some kind of safety rule about not wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts. When I asked why, nobody could give me an answer that made sense. The bigger hazard in my mind, at least in our situation on the roof, is when you're overheating and perspiration is dripping into your eyes or making your hands slippery. By Friday, I had also switched out my Blundstones for my @wolverineboots Jetstream CarbonMAX shoes. I was prepared to give up ankle coverage for more grip and a low-profile shape that made it easier to navigate the roof.
OHS guidelines do make allowances for exceptions and alternatives, at least in this province. It says various factors should be taken into account when determining what PPE is appropriate and necessary for the work. We seem to forget these parts of the regulation exist. I think compliance would be less of an issue if we understood why those rules are in place and when we can take advantage of those alternative solutions.
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