Habitat For Humanity

HUGS For Habitat


Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds housing for people who are in need, regardless of their race or religion. They welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and here at HUGSafety, we can identify with their mission: Safe, decent, and affordable housing for every man, woman, and child. Because we understand that safety ties in with helping others, we not only supply our products and services to everyday construction workers and roofers, but to our Habitat Family who assist in making people’s dreams come true. This is because our mission is to create a safer work environment for all.

Our Fall Prevention System Keeps HFH Volunteers Safe and Increases The Level of Productivity

Our relationship with HFH was established back in 2005, when HUGSafety Vice President of Operations Joe Martinez realized that volunteers from non-profit organizations needed protection like that of any other construction worker, and that only a product of the highest safety standards would be acceptable for the job.

Joe Martinez @ HFH Minnesota Conference 2010


The American Spirit is strongly felt amongst many Habitat personnel and volunteers alike. We at HUGSafety support HFH and their cause, encouraging other suppliers, builders and companies to do what they can in supporting and buiding upon that American Spirit.

Dave Hall, House Leader for Harford Habitat for Humanity had this to say about our safety guardrail system:

We have used the HUGS for about 3 years at my Habitat Affiliate -I think our original cost was near $2000.  They have been used about 15 times, so we are approaching $100 per house.  Cheap.  No work on a roof with out the HUGS system installed. Period. No exceptions for new construction. Allow about 3 hours with a 3 person team to install the system.  We have dedicated boards for the safety rails that are reused. We usually have a “dry run” on the ground attaching a HUG to a scrap 2×4 to be sure everyone involved knows the steps. The small metal top brackets are consumable items, about $6 each.

You save many times the 3 hours during installation of drip edge, starter strip, and first 3-4 rows of shingles.  We previously did this from ladders.  Up the ladder, nail, down the ladder, move, repeat a bunch of times. All of this is now installed with HUGS in place.  It is wonderful to have a place to put your foot or hand when nailing near the eave.  They also provide a great place to put nails, water buckets, and other items that tend to slide off of the roof.

The ladder access is great.  It is easy to grip when entering or leaving the ladder from the roof and the ladder cannot slide to the side.

You will hear the usual excuses.  We never fall off of the roof.  They take too long.  They interfere with other jobs.  No one else uses them.  They are too expensive.

Our brand new HUGS were in the tool trailer when an experienced crew started sheathing with out them.  A highly experienced worker stepped on a loose piece of plywood and flew off of the roof.  Fortunately there was no permanent damage.  You do not want to be on site for this type of event.  We were lucky.  All of the above arguments stopped.

To read additional testimonies, please click HERE.

Tim O’ Neil and Joe Martinez Speaking With Ms. Carter During Fall 2010 Building Blitz. Click On Image to Read The Full Article

In all the years we have worked with HFH, we have enjoyed meeting with their professionals and volunteers alike. Supporting them has truly been our pleasure, and we hope to have a continuing relationship for a safer and more productive HFH future.

For more information regarding our partnership with HFH and for special pricing on our fall prevention guardrail system, you can contact our sales represenative Philip Skaff directly by clicking HERE .


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