The Importance of Summertime Safety for Commercial Roofing Crews

As a commercial roofing contractor with nearly a century of experience serving the Kansas City area, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal understands the critical importance of safety, especially during the sweltering summer months. Working on rooftops under the blazing sun poses significant risks, and prioritizing the well-being of our crews is paramount. Here are essential tips to ensure safety and prevent heat-related illnesses during summer roofing projects.

Hydration is Key

One of the primary risks during summer is heat illness, which can range from heat cramps to heat stroke. To combat this, staying hydrated is crucial. We encourage our crews to drink water frequently, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Electrolyte-replenishing drinks can also be beneficial to maintain the body’s salt balance.

Proper Clothing and Gear

Wearing lightweight, light-colored, and breathable clothing can help reduce heat absorption. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also essential to protect against harmful UV rays. Additionally, utilizing safety gear designed to improve airflow and ventilation can make a significant difference.

Scheduled Breaks

Implementing regular breaks in shaded or cool areas is vital. We ensure that our roofing crews take frequent breaks to rest and cool down. These breaks should be scheduled, especially during the peak heat hours of the day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recognizing Heat Illness Symptoms

Training our crews to recognize the early signs of heat illness can prevent severe outcomes. Symptoms like heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, or headache should be addressed immediately by stopping work, moving to a cooler area, and hydrating. At Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, the safety of our crews is our top priority. By implementing these summer safety tips, we ensure that our workers stay safe and healthy, allowing them to continue providing top-notch roofing services across Kansas City. Remember, a safe crew is an effective crew. Stay safe this summer!

Learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal at or call 816-252-8300.

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