posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 08:32 PM
I work as a roofer. The tallest roof I've ever been on was 11 stories and ended up being about 125 feet off the ground. There was a huge, 4 1/2 foot
parapet. No qualms about that. Look over the edge and you know you're safe.
I've been in these machines called genie lifts. The 90 foot one is totally mobile from the basket. If you are fully raised, when the wind blows, you
sway, and THAT is unnerving. Its still pretty safe.
One of the suckiest projects I work on are the ones where we have to break out the 60 foot ladder. It doesn't happen too often, but it is typically a
4 man job to set it up. It's aluminum and still heavy as #. I seen one dude move like 8 feet by himself but he was a freak. Highly unrecommended. My
tool bucket is like 40 pounds. I carry it normally. The 60 footer, tool bucket, and a hangover are a rough combo up the ladder. The actual height when
fully extended is only 55 feet, but it's a workout nonetheless.
The safety involved with roofing is insane. To hear the narrator say that they skirt the safety... Of course it happens, yet insane fines may ensue.
It does waste time.
I worked with a former paratrooper, he did his 3 from Ft. Campbell and became a roofer as well. Anyhow, he jumped 8 feet off this roof, it was a
prison roof (medium security, and the guards were too lazy to hang out and wanted to put the ladder away) and dude broke his ankle. oh, and the admin
didn't care. I digress, yet the safety was more important than getting the job done.
One of the hardest repairs I ever did was a grain elevator. Straight up ladder. 90 feet. Worst workout ever. That is what makes your thread real. Its
one thing to climb high at a 1/4 ratio, its another to climb 90 degrees! Honestly, those guys are studs. Honestly, you do get used to it.
As one guy mentioned, be equipped with a packed chute just in case.
I think only adrenaline junkies may apply. Maybe 10 years ago I would've.
You might get fined though.