Working on roof repair is serious business. If you should slip or fall, you could be seriously injured or worse! Whether you use an extension ladder, step ladder or A frame ladder, be sure you take these precautions.

Roofer Ladder Safety

  • Choose a good-quality ladder. Aluminum and fiberglass are stronger and more durable than wood. And make sure that the brand of ladder you choose is one that has been approved by OSHA.
  • Never climb a ladder or attempt to make roof repairs in stormy weather. Wind, rain and snow can greatly increase your risk of falling. Choose only sunny, calm days to work on the roof or climb a ladder.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Loose clothes can be dangerous since they can become caught in the ladder. Wear shoes with soles that can firmly grip the ladder and the roof surface.
  • Use a tool belt. Never try to carry tools in your hand when you’re climbing a ladder. Instead, leave your hands free to firmly grasp the ladder.
  • Position the ladder on level, solid ground, leaving the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet in ladder height. If you need to make repairs above stairs or ground that is uneven, multi-position ladders allow each leg to be separately adjusted.

If you need to make a major repair, consider building scaffolding like a roofing contractor might use. It may take more time upfront, but it’s a safe alternative.

Read more about ladder safety.

Image: Hundred House roof lines / Groton School / CC BY 2.0