Roof Work Can Lead to Injuries
Roofing work can be some of the most dangerous work in the construction industry. Even if you’re a trained professional, it is still a dangerous job that can result in death or serious injury. According to the 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 81 roofer fatalities, or about 46.2 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers. The seriousness of the injury can range from traumatic brain injury, to spinal cord injury, to crushed or broken bones, to loss of limbs and amputation, to serious strains, sprains and tears, to burns, as well as permanent disfigurement.
While roofing accidents can happen for any number of reasons, some of the most common causes or dangers include falls from scaffolds, ladders, and roofs; inadequate support if a roof or building has been poorly maintained; lack of fall protection and safety devices such as guardrails, netting, and full-body harnesses; dangerous powerlines; uncovered holes such as a skylight; inclement weather such as slick rain and wind; OSHA violations; and inadequate supervision.
Depending on the situation, a person may be able to bring a third party claim in addition to a worker’s compensation claim. Over the years, we have helped people who have been in a variety of construction accidents, including roofing accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a roofing accident, call our office to speak with one of our attorneys today.