Commercial Roofing Safety
Simon Roofing’s #1 Core Value
Roofing is the fourth most dangerous industry in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s imperative that Simon Roofing take safety seriously – in fact, it’s our company’s #1 core value.
As evidence of our dedication to safety, Simon Roofing’s safety record continues to be better than most in the commercial roofing industry. Our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 0.84 is actually 75% better than the national average. Our Experience Modification Rate or EMR of 0.70 is significantly lower than the modification baseline rate.
A multi-generational family-owned company, Simon Roofing is led by a team of people who are deeply committed to maintaining the safety of its employees. The Safety Governance Committee is lead by our Chief Legal Counsel and is comprised of key members of the Safety & Environmental Health department, owners and executives. The committee meets on a routine basis to resolve any safety concerns and review recommendations for improvement.
Our onboarding program includes interactive safety orientation and a series of tests designed to measure new employees’ understanding and command of critical safety topics. We don’t look at safety as a “one-n-done” training exercise, though, so safety training continues throughout an employee’s career at Simon Roofing.
All Simon employees receive ongoing safety training through weekly sessions led by a Safety Coordinator. Our unique “Train the Trainer” programs are designed to assure employees understand the hazards specific to our work, not just generalized training meant to meet OSHA requirements.
- Employees complete our own in-house OSHA 10 Hour training designed by an OSHA Outreach Instructor. Our training has taken the elements from the OSHA 10-hour training and crafted it specifically for roofing tasks and hazards.
- Supervisors receive more intensive safety training, with many completing the 30-hour OSHA approved courses.
- Training for specialized circumstances, including those involving hazardous environments or unfamiliar materials and equipment, is provided and documented as needed.
Every rooftop is unique with specific challenges and safety concerns. That’s why Simon Roofing develops a comprehensive Site-Specific Safety Plan or Job Safety Analysis customized to each individual project. Each job begins with a pre-job inspection by a Safety Coordinator and Project Manager. This necessary step addresses safety challenges and identifies any additional equipment and procedures necessary to ensure a safe job site.
While technicians are performing the work, safety is always at the forefront. This starts with wearing the proper protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to:
- fall protection
- safety glasses
- hard hats
- steel-toed boots
- hearing protection when applicable
- personal fall arrest systems when work is conducted outside of a perimeter warning line or other unprotected areas.
Daily inspections are performed by the Safety Coordinator to assess the job site, ensuring safety requirements are being met at all times. Periodic and unannounced inspections by Simon Management and our insurance company are also performed. In addition, the Environmental Health and Safety team conducts unannounced virtual inspections to provide real-time reporting. Crews are asked to share live, 360-degree feeds from the jobsite to document proper safety set-up, PPE use and other safe work practices.
Safe work behaviors are recognized, reinforced and rewarded through our “Thanks for Working Safely” program.
Simon Roofing takes safety so seriously that we wouldn’t trust just anyone on our job sites. That’s why we use our own well-trained employees – 99% of our service work is performed by Simon employees across the country. We perform extensive background checks, including e-Verification, on all employees. We also require drug screenings upon hiring and on an ongoing basis through employment.