Roofers perform an essential job that is both physically and intellectually demanding. Roofing has been deemed one of the 10 most dangerous jobs a person can have, due to the inherent risk of falls. It is the combination of working at great heights on surfaces that are typically damaged and the use of equipment that make roofing a particularly perilous activity. Out of every 100,000 roofers, 32 will suffer a fatal injury on the job. This places roofing as the 6th most dangerous job in the United States.
Common Hazards to Roofers
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of work-related death for roofers. Many of these falls could have been prevented had workers and their employers been following proper safety protocol. Falls from roofs, ladders, planks and scaffolding can cause serious, permanent injuries including broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and debilitating back injuries.
- Scaffolding injuries – Scaffolds should be designed by someone who is competent and experienced, and only trained workers should erect or alter their structure. Scaffolding can be extremely dangerous, causing falls, slips, and trips.
- Repetitive motion injuries – When you think of repetitive motion injuries, you may think of the office typist with carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, roofers often sustain these same types of injuries from performing the same motions every day for years. Roofers can develop chronic back pain, musculoskeletal disorders, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis, among other conditions. The routine motion of hammering planks and shingles in place typically causes these injuries.
- Electrocution and power tool injury – Roofers rely on heavy machinery and power tools to get their jobs done quickly and effectively. Nail guns are a common source of injury for roofers. Puncture wounds and lacerations are common. Be wary of power cords, as they are a tripping hazard that can be deadly when working at heights.
- Weather-related injuries – Roofers often work in extreme heat. Heat exposure (or cold exposure) can lead to injury and death. Remember to wear appropriate gear and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Never forget to apply sunscreen as most roofing areas are not located in the shade.
- Ladder injuries – Any construction worker or roofer should use three points of contact when ascending or descending a ladder. Nothing should be in your hands that could throw off your balance. If you need to transport tools up to a roof, they should be placed in a bucket and lifted by rope to the roof.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Roofers Who Have Been Injured On the Job
Roofers take serious risks to perform an important job. At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.., we are committed to getting hardworking individuals the full compensation that they are entitled to under the state Workers’ Compensation system. To speak to an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer with our firm today, call us at 803-929-3600, or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
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