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Safety pays

by Leslie Kazmierowski, CPCU
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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.



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