Today, we have a guest post. It explores a ladder we haven’t covered much, the roof ladder. The workers’ coordination and physical condition are an important safety factor for using roof ladders safely, as are a sense of understanding the equipment and procedures to ensure safety and prevent accidents.

When working on a roof, a standard ladder may not be up to the job, and you  will require one that has been specifically designed for that purpose. Several styles of roof ladders are available, including combination ladders or ladders with a roof hook. One of the most common types used is actually a standard ladder or extension ladder  with a “roof hook” attached. The hook easily attaches to the top end of a ladder section with a small hook on the lower end of the ladder. Another type of roof ladder consists of two hooks that are screwed or bolted the rails of the ladder. The ends of the hooks are often pointed so that they will slightly stick into the roof surface. These pointed hooks may be safer in the sense that they are somewhat held in place more so than the un-pointed hooks. Regardless of which roof ladder you opt for, it is vital that is it is long enough for the job. Once set up, there should be least three rungs set above the gutter.

In order to get the roof ladder in place,  take advantage of its design and use the wheels to allow you to push it up the roof. When the wheels reach the top of the roof ridge you can simply turn the ladder over and hook it securely on the ridge of the roof.

When it comes to climbing the ladder, always make sure you have a secure footing on the lowest rungs before moving up. It is important to avoid carrying too much additional weight as this could affect your balance. Ensure any tools or materials you do need to carry out the job are securely fastened, freeing up your hands so you can keep a firm grip on the rungs. It is sometimes possible that while working from some sections of the roof ladder, the roof hook could be levered off over the ridge. This would probably be caused by a bowed roof or a warped ladder.

When accessing the roof ladder once it has been set up, set up your ladder so it extends above the roof edge and is on either side of the roof ladder. When a ladder is set against a metal edge of a roof, it is easy for the ladder to slide. When it comes to getting on the roof ladder, you must be able to transfer your weight from the accessing ladder to the roof ladder.

After climbing to the peak, you must transfer yourself from the accessing ladder onto the ridge of the roof. While making the transfer, you could hold onto the highest section of the ladder for stability but do not bear your weight on the section of ladder that is above the roof edge that it sets against. At this point you will have to make your way across the peak to the roof ladder. You could walk the ridge or get down on the ridge and straddle yourself along. Either option comes with its risks and must be proceeded with caution.