It is that time of year when homeowners must assess what type of damage the winter weather has caused us – and our homes. One of the most common types of repairs needed after the harsher winter weather – particularly with the wild weather we saw this year – is roof repair. The winter temperatures and precipitation are not always kind – and often it is necessary to contact the local roofer to come out and fix the damage. It is either that or climb up there yourself – but it is dangerous work, so we tend to leave that to the professionals.
Dangers up on the Rooftop
As with any type of work that requires workers to climb to greater heights and balance on precarious surfaces, roofing work is dangerous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that roofers experience many different hazardous conditions during the course of their work including working at heights, climbing ladders, using electric power tools, all in temperatures that are often extreme. These workers face the risk of injury or death each time they start a new job and climb up on a new roof; in fact, statistics show that falls from roofs account for a large percentage of construction worker deaths from falls in general.
OSHA Offers Roofing Safety Tips
OSHA reminds employers of the necessity of ensuring a safe working environment for roofers and offers a variety of advice about safety practices and accident prevention. Falls, in particular – just as in most construction-type work, are one of the biggest hazards of working in the roofing industry. Some basic fall prevention practices suggested by OSHA include:
- Planning ahead for job safety – this includes making sure that the proper equipment and materials are being used for the job and that properly trained employees are available to work on the job.
- Providing the right safety equipment for the job including fall protection equipment, ladders and other safety gear.
- Training workers to use equipment in a safe manner and to recognize and react appropriately to hazards
The Importance of a Prompt Response to a Fall
Even when a worker such as a roofer is using an effective fall prevention system, it is important to note that if a fall occurs, the fallen worker needs to be rescued quickly to prevent further injuries from occurring. One of the ways that employers can heighten workplace safety is by pre-planning for these types of incidents and ensuring ahead of time that workers and their supervisors are trained on how to properly and promptly get the fallen worker to safety.
Recovering from Your Work-Related Injury
If you have been the victim of a fall on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation for your injuries. Workers compensation is your right as an employee and, when your employer fails to provide this benefit, contact the Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We focus our entire practice on workers’ compensation issues and will work hard to get you the results you deserve. Your free consultation is just a call or click away – contact us today.