Ensuring roof repair safety

Green Guardians to monitor roof work under new safety requirement


Eliminating hazards related to the dangers of working at heights continues to be an area of focus for ArcelorMittal’s global safety group. In 2016, ArcelorMittal is instituting a new global safety requirement for roof work, expanding the company’s Green Guardian program. Specifically, a Green Guardian must continuously monitor any work being done to repair, maintain or replace a roof.

“Fatalities related to working at heights – including roof repair work – are an ongoing concern in the group,” explained Steve Thompson, director, health and safety, ArcelorMittal USA. 

“At our USA plants, we have effectively used Green Guardians to help maintain a focus on safety on large scale or unique jobs. In the case of conducting roof repair, a Green Guardian can provide an extra set of eyes on the conditions of the work and can intervene if he or she observes an unsafe act or situation.” 

The new global policy requires a Green Guardian to have visual contact with anyone working on roof repair, either by means of a camera or in person from a safe position at the job. As always, a Green Guardian’s role is not to supervise the work but to provide continuous safety auditing.

“Any time you work at a height, on a roof or otherwise, there are hazards. Moreover, once you are up there, your attention gets focused on the task. There are many things we can do to make this work safer: staying aware, using required fall protection, completing a pre-job HIRAC, keeping the worksite tidy. Monitoring by a Green Guardian will add an extra level of safety vigilance,” stated Thompson.


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