How to Work on a Steep Pitch Roof

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How to Work on a Steep Pitch Roof
Caution is required when working on a steep roof. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Steep pitch roofs are more common on older buildings than on newer ones, and can present a hazard to workers if they are not respected and prepared for. Unlike the moderately pitched roof of a contemporary bungalow, you can't just walk around on a steep roof unaided. Proper safety equipment and knowledge about how to work on heights are required to prevent possible injury or death when working on steep pitches.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rope
  • Safety harness
  • Planks
  • Cleats
  • Nails, 3 inches
  • Hammer
  • Fence
  • Signs

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  1. 1

    Secure a safety rope around the base of a chimney or other solid part of the roof. If there is nothing to tie the rope to, nail or screw a cleat securely to the peak of the roof.

  2. 2

    Attach the safety rope to an approved safety harness and wear it at all times when you're on the roof.

  3. 3

    Attach planks to the roof that you can stand on while working. Cut angled pieces of wood that can be attached to the roof so that you can set the plank on top of them, so the plank is flat. Having a flat place to stand will decrease your risk of falling, and will also prevent exhaustion, which can increase the risk of accident.

  4. 4

    Mount a fence and signs that say "Danger - Workers on Roof - Falling Objects" around the area to prevent pedestrians from getting near the building. There is nowhere to put things down on a steep roof, so you will have to throw things, such as old shingles, off the roof. This can be very dangerous if there is anyone below you.

  5. 5

    Take frequent rest breaks so that you don't become overly tired on the roof. Avoid working in extremely hot or cold conditions.

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