Roofing Work News Roundup – January, 2019
Here at D-marc we’re committed to ensuring that work at height, namely roofing work, can be carried out in a safe manner with our innovative rooftop barrier solutions. As such, we keep a close eye on the news for stories about roof work and working at height in general so that we can provide our readers with useful and relevant information that will keep them up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, we’ll publish a roundup of the news that affects our sector in one easy place so that readers can get a quick overview of the most important happenings over the past month. If you have anything to add or know of any stories that you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know, either by email, on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed.
Our first story should send shudders down the spine of roofing contractors across the UK. A national survey of roofers has revealed that the most urgent problem faced by those working in the roofing sector is caused by rogue roofers. Almost three quarters of roofers who responded disclosed that they have been hired to rectify “shoddy” roofing work at least once over the past year. A massive 95 % of roofers say that they consider themselves amongst the “least appreciated” tradespeople and the negative effect that rogue roofers have on our sector cannot be stressed strongly enough. It’s time to weed them out and put our industry back on the path to public respect.
Research undertaken by the Federation of Master Builders has revealed that roofers are the highest earning tradespeople in the UK, with an average turnover per person of £65,213, followed closely by joiners at £56,386 and electricians at £47,385. The research also looked at earnings by region and the highest earning roofers are in Glasgow, where painters and electricians also fare best. Amongst other facts disclosed by the research is that 60% more tradespeople earn six figures than three years ago, cold comfort for those of us who don’t, we appreciate. However, the research did discover that tradespeople here in the UK are thriving despite the skills shortage.
Firefighters from Skelmanthorpe in West Yorkshire demonstrated their head for heights recently during a fact-finding trip to the top of the Emley Moor Mast, which is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK. This was a routine annual visit during which the firefighters share safety advice and familiarise themselves with the risks to ensure that all crew members are up to date on access points and other issues that would be vital during an emergency.
Our last story is about a roof – a rather special roof that has undergone a recent refurb. The roof covers a historic bus shelter in the village of Bramfield near Halesworth and it enjoys the distinction of a rather unusual feature, a thatched roof. Parish councillors commissioned a thatcher to replace the roof whilst the inside of the small building was cleaned and repainted by local volunteers. To add to the cute factor of this story, a plaque commemorating the rethatching will be installed, along with some swift nesting boxes to make this bush shelter useful to all local residents, whether they have wings or not.