Seton on HGTV

Job Safety

We’re excited about a recent episode of HGTV’s Income Property for a couple of reasons. Not only is it a great show (it just won “Best Lifestyle Program or Series” prize at the Canadian Screen Awards!) but HGTV reached out to Seton Canada and asked us to provide them with the 3M Safety Roofer Kits that we sell.

The Safety Roof Kits are no stranger to Income Property. They were previously featured on a recent episode.

Income Property is one of Canada’s most popular home renovation shows , and its host, Scott McGillivary, is a full-time real estate investor, writer, educator, and, contractor. As a contractor, he has a responsibility to keep himself, his workers and the homeowners on site during the renovations safe.

Investing in a roofer’s safety kit is smart, especially if you’re working on a project that requires any length of time at heights. Injury rates in the residential construction industry are persistently high, more so than in commercial construction. Even though construction is taking place on a smaller scale, whether building a new home or renovating, falls are still the number one accident and workers need to be prepared.

On Income Property’s episode “Marli & Toby” being prepared was part of the safety strategy behind hauling a fridge to the second floor via an open balcony. If the fridge had given way, everyone on the ledge would have been at risk of serious injury. The segment with the SafeLight harness demonstrated that being tethered to a roof anchor is a simple process that keeps workers safe without getting in the way of the job.

Obviously, the harness is only one part of the personal fall system. Every part of the kit is important and works together to keep workers safe. Each kit is complete with a SafeLight Harness, D-ring, rope grab, Anti-Panic CSA 3’ lanyard, roof anchors, lifeline and storage bucket.

In the episode, Scott demonstrates how to use the Safety Roofer’s Kit and offers these pointers (remember to always check the manufacturer’s manual).

Once the harness is adjusted to a snug fit:

1.    Locate the roof anchor and do not work more than four feet to the side of it.
2.    Roof anchors should be mounted no closer than six feet from the edge of the roof.
3.    The rope grab will minimize slack on the rope between you and the roof anchor. Make sure rope is passing through the rope grab in the right direction.
4.    Think about where you could swing in the event of a fall & make sure the lifeline will not be in contact with steel edges or glass.
5.     If you must wash your kit, use gentle soap or detergent, warm water and be sure to thoroughly dry and lubricate all mechanical devices with mineral oil.

If you missed the episode of  Income Property that featured the Safety Roofer’s Kit, HGTV will likely rerun the episode “Dan & Tania”.  Please check your local TV listings.

If you want more information on the Safety Roofer’s Kit, please contact Marie-Claude Beaudry  @ marie-claude_beaudry@seton.com  or call 1-800-891-5716 ext. 2351

Don’t forget, you can leave a comment below if you have any tips on how to stay safe while working at heights.

 

 

 

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