Roofing is just one part of the construction industry that exposes workers to certain risks. In California, roofers face a few hazards that could be detrimental to their health. The most alarming risks are:
- Falls – Falls are considered the leading cause of death in construction occupations, including roofers. Between 2003 and 2013, 3,500 fall deaths occurred. In 2013, there were a total of 367 falls among roofers, including falls from ladders, scaffolds, and into openings.
- Toxic Fumes – Roofers use materials that contain adhesives and solvents. These chemicals can release vapors that are dangerous and can lead to respiratory irritation or distress. Roofers should be provided with proper ventilation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training on how to handle products.
- Fire or Explosion – Roofing materials are often reflective, and are used in conjunction with flammable chemicals and solvents. This creates a risk of fire or explosion near roofing materials.
- Exposure to Weather – Wet or icy weather can make shingles slippery, which increases fall risk. Roofers are also exposed to long periods of time in the sun and heat. This can lead to sunburn, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
Roofers can mitigate these risks by following proper safety procedures. Similarly, employers can help ensure a safe work environment by providing training and PPE for workers. Roofing injuries can be devastating and catastrophic.
If you are a roofer and have been injured due to improper training or safety, contact The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates to find out what sort of compensation you may qualify for.