Storm: shoveling the roof has a cost

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It’s snowing hard and it is necessary to remove snow from the roof : this is a high-risk.

Remove snow from the roof is strongly suggested by the Société d’habitation du Québec. Even if the roofs here are designed to face the rigors of winter, one meter of snow and ice accumulated means, all the same, a charge which can be calculated in tonnes…

If you shovel and you fall of the roof, you are covered by your insurance. If you are disabled because of your injuries, the amount of time (30 to 120 days), before being compensated, will vary according to the type of coverage offered by your employer. If you die, it is normally covered by your insurance personal life or of the employer.

Be careful : 42 000 persons drop in height in the country each year, according to the Association of workers ‘ compensation boards of Canada.

Déneigeurs contract

A déneigeur solo is not covered by the Act on the protection of the consumer, but a business, if. If the latter you requested without you having asked to come, it is considered an itinerant merchant, and must have a permit from the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC). It must, therefore, provide a contract which specifies a date of execution.

Prices vary depending on the extent of the roof and the degree of difficulty linked to the slopes, access to, and the place where it is necessary to send the snow. For an average-size house, we’re talking about 300 $ to 1000 $. But each déneigeur will make its own assessment.

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You may be asked for a deposit. Personally, I’d rather pay in full once the work is done (and that I have inspected).

Normally, if a déneigeur falls and is injured (or dies) when working on your roof, it is covered by the insurance of his employer, or by his or her disability, or personal life. But if you have knowingly provided a scale, of the equipment, or if it is your roof is in a poor state, and it is this that has caused fall, injuries, or deaths, there is a strong chance that this is the liability insurance of your coverage a dwelling that will compensate the déneigeur.


  • Dress appropriately, avoid working alone, have a supervisor on the floor of the cows, leave a layer of 5 cm to 15 cm to avoid damage to the cover and keep you away from the power mast.
  • Make sure that the ladder is in good condition, so that it is firmly secured to the house and deep in the snow. If your roof has steep slopes, wear a harness attached to an anchor point solid. Disengage the emergency exits quickly before the snow hardens. Practical information of the CNESST :
  • If ice accumulates at the end of the eaves, your attic may be poorly ventilated. Have it checked by a building inspector.
  • You hire a company for snow removal ? Check to see if she has a licence of the MUTUAL fund (1 888 672-2556 – out) and if it has a liability coverage.