Cleaning a Building after Ashfall

CAUTION: Be extremely careful when working on roofs or ladders. Ash can make surfaces extremely slippery. Falling from a roof or ladder can result in injury or death.

Following the 2011 Shinmoedake eruption, there were 36 injuries reported, including 17 serious injuries from cleanup efforts. Most of these were due to slips and falls while removing ash from roofs of buildings.

We advise the following safety precautions:

  • Take particular care when working on a roof, even if it has a low or moderate angle, as ash is extremely slippery.
  • Use safety equipment:
    • safe ladder
    • sturdy footwear
    • a safety harness
    • personal protective equipment (approved mask, goggles, full length clothing, gloves)