Vegetated Roofing

Vegetated Roofing: integrates plants, soil and root barriers on roof surfaces. 

Access: How will workers get to the vegetated roofing system? Is there stair access? Will scaffolding or a ladder be required? 

Fall Protection: All employees working on the roof should be tied off unless additional safety features such as a guardrail have been put into place. 

Material Delivery

Placement: Where will the materials be delivered? How long will they remain in that location? Where will the material be stored? Are there any trip hazards associated with storage/placement? 

Point Loading: Roof structures can only withstand a specific weight load. If we are dropping all of our material onto one location, has that location been designed to bear all of that extra weight? 

Overhead Protection: Will work be taking place beneath the vegetated roofing installation? If so, what steps have we taken to prevent materials from falling off the roof and striking workers below? Do workers beneath the installation know that there is overhead work taking place? Do workers on the roof know there is work taking place below? 

Hoisting: How will the materials be delivered? Will a crane drop them off? If so, are there pinch point concerns we have to worry about when rigging the material to the crane? Who will be responsible for landing and removing the materials? Have they been properly trained to direct the crane operator? 

Equipment Conveyance: What equipment will need to be delivered to the roof? How will those materials be delivered to the roof? Have we located a proper location to store equipment required for the install? 

Environmental Factors: are we doing the installation during the winter? If so how are we dealing with rain/slip hazards? Is there a chance there may be ice on the roof? Additional environmental concerns include strong winds, lighting, and excessively hot days where workers on the roof are at a greater risk of heat exhaustion. 

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