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How Roofers Are Repeatedly Exposed to Dangerous Working Conditions

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Falls are among the top causes of serious work injuries and fatalities, and roofers are constantly in danger of falling on the job. Unfortunately, many roofing contractors repeatedly expose their workers to dangerous fall hazards. They do this by not supplying their roofers with the appropriate fall protection and ignoring OSHA’s (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) safety requirements.

In fact, the construction industry is most frequently cited by OSHA for lack of fall protection and for exposing workers to fall hazards. Unfortunately, falls from roofs occur all too frequently and cause severe head injuries, broken bones, knee and leg injuries, disabilities, and event fatalities.

If fall protection gear was provided to roofers and the workers knew how to use the equipment appropriately, many elevated falls from roofs would be prevented. Some fall protection gear that roofers should be provided with includes:

  • Guardrail systems
  • Safety nets
  • Safety harness
  • Personal fall arrest systems
  • Warning-line systems

Whether a roofer is applying sheathing at a home or finishing up a roof, roofers are supposed to be equipped with the proper gear to protect them in the event of a fall. When contractors don’t provide their employees with fall protection equipment, they may be sacrificing their workers’ safety and health.

Workers who are injured in a roofing accident should speak with a lawyer about their rights to workers’ compensation benefits or a personal injury claim in order to make a financial recovery. If you would like to see how Attorney Steve Lee has helped injured construction workers in Houston get the compensation they need and deserve, visit our law firm’s case results.

Category: Construction, Refinery, Industrial, On the Job Injuries and Workers' Comp

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