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Roofing professionals share personal stories to promote safety

In an industry with so many potential hazards, most roofing contractors strive to minimize accidents by providing frequent safety training for their workers and trying to ensure workers implement proper safety precautions.

Unfortunately, statistics and occasional news headlines continue to tally the needless fatalities and injuries on roofing job sites each year.

In an Aug. 26 story, "America's most dangerous jobs," writer Les Christie noted roofing is one of the most hazardous occupations and the roofing industry experienced a sharp increase in fatalities during the past year.

Deaths and injuries resulting from falls remain the most serious safety issue. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, 74 roofing workers were killed in fall-related accidents during 2004. How many of those fatalities could have been avoided?