There has been a great deal of controversy about the OSHA regulations as regards Nashville roofing. Nashville contractors who are working in the city or even the adjacent areas are required to wear certain items of personal safety gear. The controversy comes in because a wide range of contractors believe that the OSHA regulations simply don’t help and in many cases actually hinder their work.
OSHA requires that the Nashville contractor–and in fact any roofing contractor is made to wear still toed boots and in most cases a harness, but the piece of gear which seems to offer the greatest amount of consternation to the Nashville roofing company is the hard hat. The government required wearing of a hard hat is of course designed to protect those who work high above us, on the roof of a home, in barn roofing jobs, or on higher buildings. OSHA designed those regulations in the event that someone would fall or something would fall above them, that the heads would protected.
The controversy seems to be twofold. Many roofers argue that the wearing of a hardhat in a roofing situation is actually more dangerous than it is helpful for several reasons. When roofing, in many cases the roofer is required in order to do the job, to lean out over the roof, to look over the job that they are doing and the way in which the roofing job is playing out. One slight extra tip and the hard hat being worn by the roofer is prone to the ravages of gravity, falling to the ground –with a little luck–or without that luck, falling to strike someone below and causing an injury rather than preventing it.
Roofing contractors say that they have never seen anyone hit by anything falling from above that was not a hard hat. Most roofing contractors are very experienced and most are very careful of their equipment, working hard to ensure that it doesn’t fall. The main item which does hit the ground are the government mandated hard hats that are required by OSHA. If those are not worn, the Nashville roofing company could be fined or could be actually closed down, yet are they a help or a hazard in and of themselves?
The second point that roofing companies in Nashville make is that the sun in this area is quite hot. The number one affliction of the roofer is typically heat prostration or heat exhaustion. The way in which heat is most often leaving the body is typically through the head and when the hat is in place to prevent that heat dissipation, heat exhaustion can take place. This can result in a very dangerous condition and the danger of a fall as well. If equipment which is required is a hindrance rather than a help, should the laws be challenged? Are the regulations from OSHA which are in place helping or hurting the roofing company?