If it's true, as it surely is, that every large roofing project
is a business-survival gamble, there is no better place for the
industry to assemble than in Las Vegas.
This is especially true, it seems to me, in the context of the
past two years, which have seen the industry go from robust to
moribund without even a brief stop at mediocre. Or as a longtime
member recently and much more succinctly described the state of the
industry: "It sucks."
The roofing business is arguably less risky than, say, playing
craps. But with the onslaught of new federal regulations and
building code requirements, putting your company's assets on the
come line doesn't seem all that crazy anymore.
By the end of 2011, the industry will have trained signalers and
riggers how to use cranes, derricks and even roof hoists. It will
have embarked on new fall-protection training programs for nearly
all steep-slope applications, having been told slide guards no
longer are acceptable. It will have continued its work in training
"renovators" who may...
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