Friend sent me an article out of this months NAHI magazine on ladders and roof climbing. Seems last years national President of NAHI was on job with trainee. Had a tall 2 story roof his ladder would not reach … So instead of just saying that and referring them to a professional roofer, he climbs the 1st roof AND has trainee push ladder up to him. He then sets the ladder on the 2nd story roof AND starts climbing up to the next roof. Just as he gets to 2nd level, something slips AND down falls the inspector to 1st roof … Then rolls off it and drops onto the driveway below and WITH his ladder still up on roof. DUMB, even newbies don’t try a stupid move like that. If the ladder don’t reach to a 12’-15’ height, OR binoculars won’t see the roof … Do the sensible thing AND refer it to a professional roofer.
Fortunately with the seller, buyer and agent there, they were able to call 911 and get him to a hospital ER quickly.
**Sample Report Text: ** The rear low slope roof over the dormer was not visible due to height and slope (Front of house roof was too steep for a typical home inspector to safely climb without special equipment, etc. Rear of house roof was too tall for inspectors 17’ ladder to reach). Therefore nothing is known of the condition of the rear dormer roof or its accessories, etc. Concealed defects are NOT in the scope of our inspection. We noted holes in the vinyl siding at the gable that may be hail related. We recommend having a competent roofing contractor review the roofing system to determine the condition of the rear roof AND if hail damage exists up there AND if repair is needed. We recommend this being done before leaving your inspection contingency period AND we also recommend that you verify the insurability and acceptability of the roofing with your insurance company prior to closing escrow.
Morale of story … Be safe / NOT stupid.