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Published January 27, 2010, 03:22 PM

An Icy Dangerous Job

More than 2-feet of snow and some fast melting in the past month has kept one Grand Forks company pretty busy. Their job is to remove the ice and snow from roofs, but its no easy task.

More than 2-feet of snow and some fast melting in the past month has kept one Grand Forks company pretty busy.

Their job is to remove the ice and snow from roofs, but its no easy task.

Its a slippery job, but someone's got to do it.

Climbing up and down an icy ladder slowing chipping,and shoveling,your way to a clean roof, all while trying not to fall off.

Dannell Rodriguez: "We have a ton of snow on the roof and it puts a lot of weight on it."

And that's what these guys from A-ok services do. Remove ice and snow from roofs before its too late.This house wasn't so lucky and the owners are facing some serious repairs.

Dannell Rodriguez: "As the heat builds up and water melts it gets under shingles and into the attic space, soaks the insulation and then goes down the ceiling and walls."

The biggest challenge for these guys is taking the white and keeping their weight on the roof. Believe it or not they don't use any special safety equipment.No harnesses, No ropes, just some common sense and a good pair of boots.

These guys tackle about 40-roofs a week at the peak of winter, They says while it is dangerous it just comes down to having the experience and the right equipment.

Dannell Rodriguez: "We have one fellow busting it all up, another guy shovels it down, to where I can reach it with a snow rake and pull it down, then we have to clean it all up.""

Steve: This simple tool is a snow rake. It works just like its name to rake the snow off the roof. Besides that all they use is a shovel and ladder. The whole process takes about half a day, and then its on to another snowy,icy roof.

Rodriguez says safety is his number one priority. He says they always work in teams and watch each other back to make sure there are no mistakes.

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