Makayla Noble is a Texan highschool student who had a bad fall while cheerleading a year or so ago. She’s back on the cheer team now, but shes still in a wheel chair and can barely articulate her arms. She made a video showing her day to day life as a quadriplegic:
This is not a drill. This can easily happen to any home inspector. We are millimeters away from a brutal existence while on a roof, if we survive a fall. I don’t want that for anyone here. We would know more about how frequently these events happen if we were governed by OSHA, but we aren’t.
I may think a roof is perfectly safe to walk on, but if someone else doesn’t, then they shouldn’t be on it. Period. Your palms get sweaty, your muscles get rigid and act weird and you’re more likely to fall. Never force yourself or suggest that someone should get on a roof if they don’t want to. Its really that simple.
Of course, there will be people who say “well this job involves this risk and maybe you’re not cut out for it if you’re so concerned!”. I call bullshit on that. I regularly get on roofs that 95% of the US population wouldn’t dream of getting on. I understand & accept the risks and I know I provide a great value. You don’t have to be a Cirque De Soleil performer to be a good inspector.
“Know where to draw your line” should be the mantra, not “get on every roof because your client deserves it”.
I don’t think that is right. It’s actually Widow’s
" Legend has it that the wives of whalers in 19th-century Nantucket stared forlornly out to sea from rooftop platforms in search of their husbands’ ships. Over time, as sailors failed to return home, those platforms became known as widow’s walks."