December 2002

Determining the causes and risks of falls

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NRCA and the National Safety Council embark on a landmark study

by Peter Greenbaum
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Roofing professionals know their trade can be dangerous. And in an industry where the risk of falling is prevalent, most contractors are committed to educating their crews about safe work practices.

However, despite their training, many workers still choose not to comply with safety rules.

Because of concerns about injuries and deaths caused by falls in the roofing industry, NRCA and the National Safety Council (NSC) are embarking on a landmark pilot study that will reveal the specific reasons for such accidents. The study will begin in spring 2003 and last one year. The joint project, "A Longitudinal Study for Identifying Risk Factors Associated with Falls from Roofs—A Pilot Study," is being funded by NRCA with the hope that a larger study will be funded by a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) grant at a later date.

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