Safe Solutions

Driver safety

If asked to identify the most significant safety concerns in the roofing industry, falls and burns would top the list for many roofing company owners. However, one area that may not receive the attention it deserves is teaching workers how to safely drive company vehicles.

Insurance companies report vehicle accidents continue to cause major losses throughout the construction industry.

For example, in a case involving a $1 million claim, a roofing worker with a suspended driver's license was driving a pickup truck on the way to a job. He changed lanes suddenly and hit a stopped car. This resulted in a six-car incident, and a young woman was killed.

And in a case involving an $850,000 claim, a roofing worker driving a pickup truck was following too closely and rear-ended a car; the other driver now is disabled.