Safety & Insurance

Insurance Policies

Canal Indemnity Company- General Liability $2,000,000.00
Auto Owners Insurance Co- Any Auto $1,000,000.00
Evanston Insurance Company- Excess Liability $1,000,000.00
FRSA-SIF- Workers Compensation $1,000,000.00
(Certificates available upon request)

Safety Policy

At Guy’s Diversified, our company policy is reinforced weekly by handing out literature to all employees and holding routine monthly safety meetings. Each employee is guided on safety procedures from OSHA standards and the NRCA manual. We emphasize strongly that each employee abides by these guidelines.

1. Think Safety

1A. Your Responsibility-

  • Conduct yourself in a manner that reflects favorably on yourself, your employer and your industry at all times. A worker who is not safety-conscious is a danger to himself and everyone around him.

1B. Wear Proper Personal Protective Equipment-

  • Wearing the proper personal protective equipment protects against personal injury.

2. Eye Protection

  • An eye injury or, worse yet, the loss of eyesight is something everyone fears. That is why it is so important to use ANSI-approved Z-87 eye protection. You can minimize the risk of eye injury by wearing proper eye protection.

3. Making a Job Site safe

3A. Housekeeping-

  • One of the easiest ways to prevent accidents is to maintain a neat and orderly job site. Professional roofing crews take pride in maintaining a clean work site.

3B. Check the Deck-

  • Be sure that a new deck is properly secured. Rain can make a deck slippery. Check the underside of the deck for electrical wires, equipment and asbestos.

4. Weather Issues-

  • During outdoor work, weather is always a concern. If severe weather strikes, know what to do to protect yourself, your coworkers, equipment and materials.

5. Fall Protection-

  • One of the greatest hazards that a roofer faces is falling. It is critical that proper fall-protection measures be used. Falls happen quickly. The best way to avoid a fall is to use fall protection, before and accident occurs. Fall protection is required for both steep-slope and low-slope roofing. OSHA requires that some type of fall protection be used whenever there is the potential that a worker could fall 6 feet or more to the ground or a lower level. Methods of fall protection include: Scaffolds, Warning-line System, Safety-monitoring System, Safety Net System, Slide Guards, Guardrails and Personal Fall-arrest System

6. Sheet-Metal Operations

  • Sheet metal should be stacked neatly to prevent sliding or falling. Keep the area clear of any accumulation of scrap sheet metal or debris. All personnel who operate mechanical equipment must be trained. Mechanical presses must be properly guarded. Be sure to wear proper safety equipment.

7. Equipment Safety

  • The proper use of equipment and tools will make your job safer and more efficient. Before using tools, make sure you have been properly trained and fully understand their operation. Improperly maintained tools and equipment lead to accidents.

8. Hot Asphalt Safety

  • The dangers associated with kettles and tankers are very real. These vessels contain materials, such as hot asphalt or coal tar, that need to be handled with extreme care. It is important to always follow safety requirements.

9. Back Injury Prevention

  • Back injuries are the most common and one of the most debilitating afflictions that roofers experience. Many back injuries are not caused by a single incident but by the cumulative stress of using poor lifting techniques, as well as other factors, such as fatigue and poor physical condition. Eventually, those habits catch up with a worker, and back pain develops. However, by learning proper lifting techniques and following safe material-handling guidelines, most back injuries are preventable.

10. Hazard Communication

  • The purpose is to give employees the knowledge they need to properly handle hazardous materials. Be sure to use Material Safety Data Sheets and make sure all containers are labeled.

11. Solvents and Adhesives

  • These are the some of the most hazardous substances that roof mechanics encounter. Because these materials are used so frequently, workers don’t always realize the dangers they present. If proper precautions are not used, a worker can easily be overcome by their vapors or suffer chemical burns.

12. Fire Safety

  • A fire can be deadly. By understanding a few basic safety principles, fire hazards can be reduced significantly.

13. Electrical Safety

  • The use of electrical tools is common, making many jobs easier and more efficient. Electricity present additional hazards. Not only are electrical tools and power cords a hazard, but everyone must be aware of power lines and other sources of electricity that can be found on a job site. If only require a split second of carelessness for an electrocution to occur.

14. Vehicle Safety

  • Safe driving is really about exercising caution. Follow the rules of the road, drive within the speed limit, be alert at all times, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles. Driving defensively is the best way to keep yourself and your vehicle out of danger.

15. OSHA Standards

15A. Asbestos

  • To handle asbestos-containing roofing material, you must be trained on proper handling procedures and what to do in case of an emergency.

15B. Permit-required Confined Spaces (PRCS)

  • You must receive special training before entering a PRCS.

15C. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)

  • Lockout/Tagout is the name of an OSHA standard that aims to prevent accidents from occurring when workers are servicing machinery. The rule has requirements to restrict access to a switch, valve or piece of equipment that should not be operated when it is being serviced. The tag indicates the equipment is locked out and should not be used.

16. Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Statistics show that employees experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol have a higher rate of accidents. Any person impaired on a job site is a danger to himself and to fellow workers. In addition, substance abusers are absent more often and get less work accomplished, and the quality of their work suffers. For these and other reasons, drugs and alcohol have absolutely no place in the work place- especially on the roof.

17. Health and Hygiene

  • Personal health and hygiene should be an important part of your daily routine, both on and off the job. Failing to do this may cause an illness, which could result in lost productivity.

18. First Aid/Emergency Treatment

  • Accidents and injuries require some type of first aid. Always notify a supervisor of any accidents or injuries.