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Vermonters urged to check snow loads on roofs

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Scott Fitzgerald says when it comes to clearing the roof of his Bridgewater home of snow; he'd rather just get it done himself.

"Right now it's just easier for me to get up here and do it-- and a lot less expensive," he said.

With recent storms dumping feet of snow on area homes, roofing experts say it's been hard to keep up.

"I would say that right now the guys could use a couple days off," said Russ Marsan of Carpenter and Costin with a laugh. "It's pretty intense."

Corey Fitzgerald is one of Marsan's 30 employees who have been clearing snow overtime.

"Last Thursday I worked from 5:30 at night till 5:30 the next day," he said.

Although they are working around the clock, Marsan says customers can get frustrated.

"When it's winter and it snows and there's 3 inches on the ground or 2 inches or 4 inches, whatever it is, people are not typically understanding that there lot isn't clear," Marsan said.

If you are going to take matters into your own hands, there are safety issues to be aware of. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that workers are killed or seriously injured while performing snow and ice removal from rooftops. OSHA says nationally it has investigated 16 serious injuries or fatalities in the last 10 years, all of which they say could have been prevented.

A snow rake allows someone to clean the roof while remaining on the ground to avoid the safety risks of being up on the roof. Roofing experts say getting the first 4 feet is the most important for safety and structural reasons.

"The ice, the water will continue to melt and the ice will form and will create a dam and the water will begin to back up under the shingles and you'll actually get water damage," Marsan said.

"If somebody was to walk out they don't have a bunch of snow coming off the roof and landing on their head," Corey Fitzgerald said.

Scott Fitzgerald says clearing the snow off his own roof is just fine and he plans to continue.

"It's just easier," he said.

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