The Asbestos Debate Heats up on the News and in the Roofing Crew Trucks

Anthophyllite asbestos,  Scanning electron microscope pic
Anthophyllite asbestos,
Scanning electron microscope pic

 When it comes to the safety aspect of the roofing occupation, the truth remains obvious.  Roofing is a dangerous. However most roofers don’t stop and discuss it on a regular basis . In fact I often wonder if some of my co-workers are in denial (I think to myself regularly when on the roof, “the stats don’t lie – roofing is most definitely dangerous”).

Just a few weeks back, a co-roofer friend of mine was re-roofing a home (not co-worker as he works elsewhere), he came screaming off a residential two story home and ended up shattering his feet. He was incredibly Lucky that he only sustained those injuries it was not some thing much more serious. With accidents like that you learn to appreciate having to endure broken bones rather than having some one tell your wife and kids that dad won’t be coming home.

When the recent asbestos stories started hitting the news, what I found interesting as a roofer is that the roofers began actually talking about safety in the workplace. The recent public asbestos debates have increased conversations with the roofers around me, and when contractors and “suits” visit I’ve noticed the management, architects, engineers and the like discussing the same issue.

What is peaking the interest of the roofers and management alike is the obvious very present potential danger of asbestos in the roofing material itself…

Common questions and comments around the water cooler (so to speak) go like this;

“We rip these roofs off every day, is there asbestos in the  materials we’re ripping off these buildings?”


“Asbestos in roofing materials?” 


“Are there risks to the roofers?” 


“What about home-owners and business owners, what are the risks to people inside

In consideration to GRS starting the 2012 roofing season with a complete over-haul/ revamping of the safe work practices. We thought it would be best to include information regarding the current debate of asbestos into the safe work place packages.

All GRS safety packages will include articles from this blog, written by other team members about our crews personal journey and experiences towards our effort to make GRS and roofing in general, a safer work environment.

The contributions from the GRS staff will include articles aimed towards safe-work practices in roofing, the equipment we use, and the safety training and certifications roofers can acquire. The GRS staff will also be trying on, testing, and reviewing a number of new safety equipment brands and types of equipment in an effort to broaden our crew equipping horizons. All of which we will share on our blog.

We will keep this article short. But before we go, and prior to follow-up articles, we thought it would be best to provide some background for folks to consider. Listed below are some interesting links to information we found on the internet as it relates to understanding asbestos, asbestos in roofing, what period of time asbestos has been used, what forms of asbestos are considered dangerous, and simple definitions.

ASBESTOS LINKS:

CBC News Asbestos WHO2
CBC Asbestos Story

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos

Asbestos.com

 http://www.asbestos.com/products/construction/roofing-materials.php

 

Recycling, Asphalt, and Asbestos:

http://www.americanrecycler.com/0312/1410asphalt.shtml

Roof leak in to school causes asbestos to enter building:

http://morningjournal.com/articles/2012/02/23/news/mj5783849.txt?viewmode=default

Until next time,

The GRS Roofing Team

 

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Near Record Snow Fall Causes Roofs to Collapse

120 Inches of Snow Has Fallen on Rooftops in Anchorage, Alaska!

The snow just won’t let up in Anchorage, Alaska this year and roofs are starting to collapse due to stress from the weight load.

Nearly 120 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter making it the fourth snowiest winter on record and the situation has the municipality struggling to keep up.

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GRS 24 Hour Roof Snow Removal Crew Hard at Work on an Edmonton Commercial Roof.

Last year in Edmonton, AB we experienced the exact same problem. As a result of this GRS had hundreds of our roofers working day and night for a month to clear snow from rooftops. They were clearing roofs as small as homes to manufacturing and commercial buildings the size of football fields. This was truly a team effort of around the clock work! The members at GRS would like to send a message out to Anchorage Roofing Companies to stay safe and all the best! Also we would like to remind every one that Roofs do collapse so it is imperative to put those harnesses on and know how the engineering of roof systems work before you start removing the snow. We had a number of roofs last year almost collapse under our workers!

The following is an excerpt out of the Alaskapublic.org website:

“The continuing snowfall also has Sharen Walsh, the building official for the Municipality of Anchorage concerned. She’s worried about snow loads on roof tops.

“Well, we’re definitely watching the situation. And we have had some roofs in town that have shown signs of stress or strain or cracking. We’ve had, I believe people have seen in the news, two roofs that have actually collapsed,” Walsh said.

Those roofs were on older buildings with flat roofs with malfunctioning draining systems. She says most roofs are still okay. Another problem, Walsh says though, is ice dams created by heat sources such as ridge vents or plumbing vents that melt snow and refreeze it.

“Those are quite a nuisance. They can cause water damage within the structure. We’re to the point where if a person has an older structure, they’ve seen some signs of stress on it. Maybe some sheet rock cracking in their ceiling, they might want to consider lightening that load,” Walsh said.

Again everyone here at GRS is reminding people in Anchorage to stay safe!

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CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

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