Reducing Risk on the Job: A Guide to Staying Safe at Heights

Reducing Risk on the Job A Guide to Staying Safe at Heights

Safety must be the top priority in any construction project. It must be taken seriously on every job site, particularly when working at heights as the outcome is likely to be disastrous if something goes wrong.

When working on roofs, height safety needs to be one of the top priorities. Whilst there are a wide range of potential hazards, including crushing injuries due to collapses or other structural failures, and unsafe tools and materials, falls are by far the biggest safety concern when working on a roof.

Ensuring that all workers go home safely each day is essential, and having an effective safety plan for your project is paramount to this being successful.

No1 Roofing & Building Suppliers stocks a range of Safety Equipment to assist you and your team with your roof safety plan.

According to SafeWork, the most serious, and fatal, falls are from roofs

According to SafeWork NSW, the most serious, and fatal falls are from roofs, ladders and scaffolds at a height of between 2.1 and 4 metres.

Understanding Safety Guidelines

As you would already be aware, there is a lot of legislation and best practices relating to roof safety.

Should you wish to read more, here are a few links that may assist:

All in all, having clear and communicated safe working practices, accompanied with certified safety equipment will assist you in making your work site safer.


When working at heights there is a wide range of potential hazards


Those in charge have a duty to establish clear procedures and set out responsibilities to help workers understand what must be done in order to keep workplaces safe.

Taking the time to learn the regulations and apply them will help reduce injury and manage the associated risks. It also helps to create a safe working environment.

Protective Gear and Equipment

Protective Gear and Equipment

Wearing protective gear is important to a roofers’ safety whilst working. Utilising the right equipment, such as suitable PPE and high grip roofer / magnetic roofing shoes, and properly anchored Safety Harness’s will make working on roofs safer

Not only does it protect you from potential injury, but it also demonstrates your commitment to creating a safe work environment for both you and your co-workers.

Investing in adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes mandatory fall protection equipment, is an important step towards preventing unexpected health and safety risks.

In terms of fall protection equipment, it is very important to rely on the expertise of companies that provide tested and certified solutions, and for this reason we recommend the following:

Recommended fall protection equipment

SafetyLink temporary anchors

SafetyLink temporary anchors – portable and easy to install, these multi-directional stainless steel anchors incorporate an innovative fall absorbance system which reduces your risk of injury, and also minimises damage to residential and commercial roofing structure.

This range includes suitability for both Metal & Tile roofs.

SafetyLink Permanent anchors

SafetyLink Froglink anchors

SafetyLink Permanent anchors – we stock a range of permanent solutions of surface or rafter attaching anchors.

FrogLink anchors are ideal for steel roofs whilst RetroLink anchors are an ideal permanent abseil anchor.

TileLink are for tiled areas and attach to rafters and ConcreteLink are for mounting to concrete.

SafetyLink Safety Lifelines – horizontal lifelines make traversing large, elevated areas easy and safe. These are cleverly designed with a quick connect shuttle so you don’t have to detach at corners or intermediate points.

Safety mesh

Safety mesh  – a high-tensile safety net designed to prevent internal falls through a roof.

It does not prevent falls from the edge of a roof or through holes in a roof, so it should always be used in conjunction with appropriate edge protection, guardrails and / or fall-arrest systems.

Harnesses – these provide added support when climbing ladders or working on roofs.

Magnetic shoes

Magnetic shoes – When working on a roof, having the right anti-slippery shoe protection level is one of the most reliable steps to achieve safety.

Shoes with rubber soles and magnetic properties will increase traction on slippery surfaces and therefore save lives.

Brackets which can be fixed to a building

SafetyLink Fixed Ladder Link

Ladders – every job will have specific needs around ladder and strap requirements based on the site and the roof access points. Our range includes brackets which can be fixed to a building in a way that protects guttering and roof edges.

No1 Roofing & Building Supplies carries stock of a wide range of SafetyLink Anchors and Access Point safety products.

Before you start your next project, please visit one of our 10 locations across NSW to ensure that you have the correct gear on hand for you and your team.

Design & Planning (Free Service)

SafetyLink’s design and planning

No1 Roofing & Building Supplies in partnership with SafetyLink’s design and planning team are here to help work out the positioning of your fall protection system.

This ensures all areas of your roof can be accessed safely.

Contact No1 Roofing & Building Supplies and we will organise your professionally designed roof plan layout that is current with industry standards for your project.

We can also organise a training session for you and your team so that you are qualified as an installer.

Things to consider when planning your roof layout:

  • Are all areas of your roof protected, allowing complete access when working at heights?
  • Are you protected from the ground up, allowing complete access to your roof?
  • Detailed comprehensive documentation provided e.g. installation guides, testing results, product sheets should be provided.

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Know Your Equipment

As part of your training with SafetyLink, you will be taught how to use both the Tooling and the Safety Anchors / Access Brackets correctly.

Using tools and equipment incorrectly can cause serious accidents, injuries, and costly damage, not to mention extended downtime on a job.

Safety with No1 Roofing & Building Supplies

It is always important to keep the roof work area and your roof access points clear and free of hazards.

Additionally, taking regular breaks is an essential component of maximising productivity and maintaining focus throughout the day.

Prevent fatigue and keeps you alert

It is important to recognise that safety on building sites and roofs alike can only be achieved through diligence and teamwork.

All employers and workers must be aware of the safety regulations, practise safe work habits, and know what to do in case of an accident or emergency.

Site or Project Managers should conduct regular safety inspections and provide appropriate training if necessary.

By staying up-to-date on safety protocols and observing all guidelines, we can make sure everyone goes home safe and sound at the end of each day.

Please contact the team at No1 Roofing & Building Supplies if you need any assistance with ensuring you and your team have the right safety gear. We are here to help and support you.