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Commercial Roofing Safety: Best Practices for Your Project

Commercial roofing is a complex and challenging task that requires careful planning, preparation, and execution. Whether it’s a new installation, repair, or maintenance, commercial roofing projects involve working at heights, handling heavy materials, and dealing with weather conditions. That’s why commercial roofing safety is the key for the success and well-being of everyone involved.


At Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Systems, we take commercial roofing safety seriously. We follow the best practices and standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). We also train our staff regularly and equip them with the proper tools and protective gear. Here are some of the key aspects of commercial roofing safety that we adhere to:

Risk Analysis

Before starting any commercial roofing project, we conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify and eliminate any potential hazards. We inspect the roof structure, the access points, the surrounding area, and the weather forecast. We also check the condition and compatibility of the materials and equipment that we use. We then create a detailed safety plan that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each team member, the emergency procedures, and the communication methods.

Fall Protection 

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the roofing industry! That’s why we always use fall protection systems when working on commercial roofs. Depending on the type and slope of the roof, we use either guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). We also ensure that our staff are properly trained and certified in using these systems. We inspect and maintain our fall protection equipment regularly and replace any damaged or worn-out parts!

Ladder Safety 

Ladders are indispensable tools for accessing commercial roofs, but their improper use poses a significant threat. At our company, we adhere to OSHA and NRCA ladder safety guidelines when using them, such as choosing the appropriate ladder for each task, positioning it on an even and stable surface with secure anchor points to prevent slipperiness, maintaining three-point contact while climbing or descending and not overloading or overreaching it, keeping it clear from power lines and other potential dangers.

Material handling

Commercial roofing projects involve handling and transporting large and heavy materials that can cause injuries or damage if not handled properly! We use appropriate lifting techniques and equipment, such as hoists, cranes, and carts, to move the materials safely and efficiently. We also store the materials securely and neatly on the roof or on the ground, avoiding any obstructions or tripping hazards for your employees and ours!

Fire prevention

Fire is another potential hazard during commercial roofing projects, particularly when using hot materials or tools, such as torches, kettles or soldering irons. We adhere to OSHA and NRCA recommendations regarding fire safety by keeping an extinguisher and fire watch present; avoiding flammable substances or materials and disposing of waste properly, as well as monitoring our roofs for signs of fire or smoke and reporting any incidents immediately.


By following these best practices, we ensure that our commercial roofing projects are always finished safely and successfully, without compromising the quality or the satisfaction of our customers. We believe that commercial roofing safety is not only a legal obligation, but also a moral duty and a professional standard. That’s why we at Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Systems are more than just a roofing and insulation company – we’re a part of Michigan’s fabric.


If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced commercial roofing contractor in Northern Michigan, look no further than Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Systems. We have the skills, the equipment, and the passion to handle any commercial roofing project, no matter how big or small. Contact us today for a free estimate and consultation! We look forward to working with you and creating more than roofs and insulated spaces – let’s create lasting impressions!