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Painting Your Roof Safetly

A few years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find scaffolding or painters using a safety harness when painting your house.

Nowadays it’s the law!

The Department of Labour’s investigations into falls shows that more than 50% are from less than three metres high and that over 70% of falls are from ladders and roofs.

ACC has the figures to prove that many of us aren’t aware of the risks we take when up a ladder or on the roof.

Roofs can be more deceptive than they look. Many roofs are sloping and this adds an extra element of danger. 

The Health and Safety at Work Act requires businesses to manage work-related risks. Everybody is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof–the principal, the self-employed contractor and subcontractor, the employer and the worker. The law asserts that all steps need to be taken to minimise the risk of falling from a height.

In a nutshell, when working on the roof, as painters, we must be either tethered with a safety harness or protected by a waist-high rail around the top of the scaffolding.

What if I want to DIY?

Despite all the new rules, as a homeowner, you are entitled to disregard the workplace safety rules that apply to contractors.

However, beware that painting a roof is far more complicated than painting a bedroom wall. Preparation, planning and safety are paramount, particularly on sloping or high-pitched roofs. Unless you’re experienced you’re probably putting your own life at risk.

Taking the DIY approach could save you money but if you’re not confident, hiring a professional roof painter could be a wise move.

At the other end of the scale, if you do decide to use an expert, hiring scaffolding can be expensive, so expect safety to add considerable cost to getting your house painted. 

How we can Help

Our painters are experienced and competent using Safety Harness Restraint Systems. This is where the painter is connected to an anchored grab device, which is attached by lifeline to a safety harness they wear. The restraint system is designed to prevent the worker going over the edge. Painting with a restraint system rather than conventional scaffolding is a lot quicker and more cost effective.