While this Slovenian man was lucky to land on his feet, clearing heavy snow from rooftops is extremely dangerous. Safety officials say it's important to know the risks first.
“Most individuals in general don't have specific training on how to access their roof, how to utilize ladders properly or even knowing how to prevent a fall from actually happening," says Dhananjai Borwankar, a Technical Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. "So they need to learn how to use equipment that would prevent them from falling.”
Borwankar suggests using some sort of harness system that is certified as well.
He says slips, trips and falls are common hazards with roof snow removal, so individuals who are performing the activity of snow shovelling would have to be trained.
In some cases, roofs need to have proper guard rails as well.
“If you don't have the training, find a professional snow removal company and make sure they have liability insurance,” Borwankar adds.