Safety Reports

Slip, Trip, and Fall Safety: The HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter protects worker health in a variety of important ways. One example being is that there are no cords or hoses associated with the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter, because of this, the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter eliminates the “Slip, Trip, and Fall” hazard. The “Slip, Trip, and Fall” hazard is the most dangerous hazard a roofer can encounter while on the roof. It also eliminates the hazard of slipping on a roof. Since the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter does not produce any silica dust, you will have a clean roof and no dust to slip on.

Silica-dust safety: The HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter is one of very few tools that can cut roof tiles accurately without producing harmful silica dust. There are no spinning blades in the use of the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter, thus allowing the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter to cut roof tiles without producing silica dust. The HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter is OSHA compliant with the proposed rule by OSHA being that there should be less than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air. (Please read the “eLCOSH / NIOSH – Roofing Tile Saws & Cutters” pages 16-21 for more information on the tests that were performed). Another great thing about the HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter not producing any silica dust is that it also eliminates the need for a respirator.

Hearing safety: The HYTILE Roof Tile Cutter is a quiet tool that can be operated without the need for hearing protection. This allows for better and easier communication with co-workers also working the job.

eLCOSH / NIOSH – Roofing Tile Saws & Cutters

Silicosis is an occupational respiratory disease caused by inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust. Silicosis is irreversible, often progressive (even after exposure has ceased), and potentially fatal. Because no effective treatment exists for silicosis, prevention through exposure control is essential. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust occurs in many occupations, including construction. Crystalline silica refers to a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen; a crystalline structure is one in which the atoms are arranged in a repeating three-dimensional pattern. The three major forms of crystalline silica are quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica. Respirable refers to that portion of airborne crystalline silica that is capable of entering the gas-exchange regions of the lungs if inhaled; this includes particles with aerodynamic diameters less than approximately 10 µm… click here to read more


Tile Roofing Institute (TRI)

The state legislature of California is about to vote on a proposed section to the above standard that will address the hazards of dust generation on construction sites. The TRI technical committee members have been active in discussions with the interested parties to help prevent a significant problem for our roofing professionals that need to cut our tiles on a daily basis…click here to read more

California OSHA Proposal