In the roofing industry, there is a myth that productivity and
safety cannot coexist—that one occurs only at the expense of
the other. This notion creates competition between
the two, and safety rarely wins. Because of that notion, there are
many roofing company owners who simply don't understand safety.
However, many contractors also have experienced fewer lost-time
incidents and lower insurance and legal costs, as well as improved
their companies' long-term profits, as a result of safer work
sites. The belief that safety is integral to a company's success is
increasingly being accepted. But for a company to fully embrace
safety, it must develop and implement a comprehensive, effective
We all know roofing work can be dangerous, and I haven't met a
worker, foreman or contractor without a story about someone
falling, being burned, injuring his or her back, or worse.
Nevertheless, many experienced roofing workers think they've seen
it all and know how to work safely without following a company
safety plan. But industry...
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