Up on the Roof: A Dangerous Profession With High Accident Risk
After the winter we had in New Jersey, everyone is eager to welcome spring. Storing our snow shovels in the farthest corner of our basement or garage, we only have one more hurdle left to cross—spring maintenance and cleaning. For many people, this may include repairing or replacing a roof that showed signs of damage during the long, snowy months. And thus, roofing season begins.
Roofing: A Physical, Dangerous Job
Roofers have a difficult job, and that is even before the height of their work environment is factored into the equation. Heavy lifting, chemical exposure, dangerous tools, and exposure to the elements are challenging enough, but at great heights, the risk grows exponentially.
Falls are the primary danger for roofers, especially very young (under 20 years old) and older (over 44 years old) workers. According to a 2013 Journal of Safety Research study, fatal roof falls were responsible for one-third of all fatal falls in construction between 1992 and 2009. One of the highest risk areas of roofing was residential roofing and construction—a popular profession for many in our area.
Falls are not the only risk associated with roofing, and many people are hurt each year in accidents involving dangerous tools and equipment, repetitive motion resulting in stress injuries, heat exposure, and ladder/scaffolding accidents.
Workplace Safety is a Right for All Roofers
As a roofer, you know that your job can be dangerous, but you have a right to a work environment that meets all safety standards set for the construction industry. This includes proper fall protection, training, and equipment to ensure your safety on the job.
If you have been hurt in a New Jersey roofing accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. For more information about your rights, schedule a free consultation with my firm today; I have represented injured construction workers throughout the greater Newark area, and can help you get the compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.