Snow removal fail turns into a huge win

You know it’s been a snowy day when you finish shovelling the driveway and have to tackle the roof next. Snow build-up can be a major safety hazard in areas with huge snow falls. The weight of it does not only stress the structure, it can cause mini-avalanches once the weather warms. With that in mind, the roof in this video needs some serious attention.

Our hapless hero climbs a ladder to the roof’s peak to chip away at the snow. Quite unexpectedly, the snow slides off all at once, and he tumbles off the roof. He somehow lands on his feet, remarkably unharmed, and presumably quite pleased with the fact that his hour-long chore was completed in less than a minute.

But you may want to think twice before you consider using this technique—it could have gone very differently with just a bit more snow, a little less luck, or a higher roof.

For the more pragmatic snow removers out there, you might do well to invest in a useful tool offered by Avalanche Canada, which allows you to clear roof snow while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. You can also check out our handy guide on how to prevent snow-loading before it happens.