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Do roofers ever fall?

According to research, falls are the leading cause of death in the roofing industry, with the majority of fatalities occurring as a result of falls from roofs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls account for more than 60% of all roofing fatalities. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that between 2011 and 2015, there were 2,060 fatal falls from roofs across all occupations, with construction workers being particularly at risk.

It’s important to note that falling from a roof can be extremely dangerous, with potential injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries or even death. Even falls from a relatively low height can result in serious harm, and it’s crucial for roofers to take appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents from occurring.

OSHA recommends that employers provide fall protection for workers who are operating at heights of six feet or more above lower levels. This may include personal fall arrest systems, guardrails, or safety nets. Additionally, employers should ensure that workers receive proper training on the use of fall protection equipment and safety procedures.

Some common causes of falls in the roofing industry include working on steep-sloped roofs without proper equipment or training, working on wet or slippery surfaces, and failing to wear appropriate footwear. Roofers who work in extreme heat or cold conditions may also be at increased risk of falling due to fatigue or loss of concentration.

In conclusion, falls are a significant risk for roofers, and it’s crucial for both employers and employees to take appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents from occurring. This may include providing fall protection equipment, ensuring that workers receive proper training, and taking steps to address potential hazards on job sites. By prioritizing safety, we can help reduce the incidence of falls in the roofing industry and protect the well-being of workers.

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