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Old 04-26-2018, 10:20 PM   #1
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Safety while working on the roof

I was just curious if i could get some input on ways to safely work on the roof.

I was up on the roof today to remove the reflective tape around the emergency hatches, and I went up through the hatch. Just the first step of wanting to clean up, scuff the paint, seam seal, then paint.

I am not a fan of heights to begin with, and with a factory tall roof, I think I am probably high enough that any slip and fall from that height is going to involve a hospital visit and probably a broken bone.

I'd prefer to not make that trip to the hospital, but not sure how to get a more stable up on the roof. I suppose I could buy a safety harness, but not sure where to tie off to. About the only other thing I could think of was maybe 2 scaffolding and have a plank between them so I could try to stay level just above the work area?

Looking for ideas of what anyone else had done to try to increase safety
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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I was just curious if i could get some input on ways to safely work on the roof.

I was up on the roof today to remove the reflective tape around the emergency hatches, and I went up through the hatch. Just the first step of wanting to clean up, scuff the paint, seam seal, then paint.

I am not a fan of heights to begin with, and with a factory tall roof, I think I am probably high enough that any slip and fall from that height is going to involve a hospital visit and probably a broken bone.

I'd prefer to not make that trip to the hospital, but not sure how to get a more stable up on the roof. I suppose I could buy a safety harness, but not sure where to tie off to. About the only other thing I could think of was maybe 2 scaffolding and have a plank between them so I could try to stay level just above the work area?

Looking for ideas of what anyone else had done to try to increase safety
When I shoveled the roof I stayed in the center section. I got a ladder recently and I suppose you could tie off on one side of the bus to work on the other side. My son once rode on the roof or the side of a school bus in a parade and he was tied off but I'm not sure how they did it. I'll ask him when he gets home from college.
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Old 05-01-2018, 02:52 PM   #3
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Just thought I'd mention that I was actually fairly successful with using my articulating ladder, and having it 3 up and 1 across. The 1 across puts a little weight in towards the bus and I can usually get the ladder to make two points of contact, one on the side and one on the top in that configuration. That seems to make it more stable than a regular extension ladder.

When I was visualizing this, my step ladder seemed to be about 1 rung too short to get very far up the roof sides, and I thought that an extension ladder wouldn't have put me too far away from the roof once it started to slope away, but it seems to work fine.

From being on top of the roof, I can reach roughly the center half of the roof without feeling like i am risking falling off, and the 1/4 on each side is easy enough to reach from an articulating or extension ladder.

I did have to tape a towel onto the ladder, or it would scratch the bus quite easily (Not a big deal now, but the goal is to paint it).
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