Safe Solutions

Safety pays

Roofing work clearly can be dangerous, and hazardous conditions can be costly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls account for 78 percent of roofing-related fatalities, and workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths cost construction businesses $170 billion every year.

During 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 95 fatalities involving roofing workers—75 of those fatalities resulted from falls. However, the record is improving; in 2005, there was a 9 percent decrease in fatalities from falls.

Although this decrease is encouraging, it still is crucial you establish a safety program that will minimize injuries and their costs.