OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 12 General Safety Precautions

Section 187.1 Placement of roofing materials

Roofing materials are typically placed on a roof by the workers of a material supplier, often using a mechanical lift or conveyor. Roofing materials such as bundles of shingles must be placed at least 2 metres away from the roof edge. This reduces the possibility of workers coming too close to the roof edge and falling off. The materials must also be evenly distributed over the roof surface. This ensures that the weight of the material is not concentrated in a single spot that may not be strong enough to support it. Bracing must be installed if there is a chance that the material might slide due to the roof’s steepness, weather conditions, etc. (see section 189). If it is necessary for the supplier’s workers to be on the roof, they must be protected from falling.