OK, I succumb and pass this along. And it is funny. Thankfully it doesn’t appear the guy was hurt. But it could have ended very differently. A fall from 10 feet can cause serious injury or death. And your chance of falling off snowy, icy, or wet roofs shoots up astronomically. (It’s just plain stupid to be on a wet, snowy, sloped, metal roof without fall protection. Period.) You might also be able to clear a blocked lawn mower without getting hurt. But it’s not worth trying. The Darwin award isn’t very prestigious–they’re laughing at you, not with you.
I understand the temptation. Snow and ice on roofs can be problematic. But, please, don’t climb up and try to remove if unless you’ve taken the proper safety precautions (and I’m not about to attempt to decribe that!).
We know the strange snow melt patterns, big icicles, and ice damming are bad. Ice can wreck your roof and cause thousands of dollars in damage. The best way to tackle them is with prevention, by controlling heat loss, primarily with good insulation and air-sealing. Once you’ve got the ice problem, there are even a few short-term remedies.
Snow and ice on your roof can be serious. But don’t break your neck trying get rid of them.