Ohio Workplace Injury Lawyer and Construction Negligence Attorney reviews roofing accidents for injured plaintiffs nationwide
There were over 20,000 occupational fatalities in the construction industry from 1992-2009, of which about a third were attributed to fall injuries, many linked to roofing accidents.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that falls account for 76 percent of deaths in the roofing industry. As one might expect, workers in the roofing industry are much more likely to experience severe work-related injuries than other construction workers.
Fatal falls from roofs in residential construction sites are disproportionately high at 34 percent of all construction fatalities. One OSHA-cited study notes that roofing and residential construction sectors have a much higher risk of falls from roofs than any other construction sectors.
Roofing accidents are largely preventable, though roofing contractors often fail to institute a solid fall protection system, fail to provide safety equipment, and fail to provide adequate training for workers.
Construction site negligence leads to workplace injury and subsequent lawsuits filed by injured plaintiffs who seek compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages and long-term disability.
Roofing Accidents & Worker Fall Protection
Ladder falls are so common that safety officials cannot stress enough the importance of taking extra precautions when engaged in roofing or other types of construction work.
Because falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death in the construction industry, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided employers with an abundance of safety tips and literature in order to curb the terrible consequences of workplace negligence, worker fatigue, poor construction site design, defective materials and a lack of training.
Unless employers work to control the risk factors, roofers are at risk of injury and death. OSHA citations are frequently issued to employers who fail to provide a safe working environment. Roofing accidents are often the result of the following:
- Lack of fall protection
- Ladder safety violations
- Poor Fall protection training
- Poor Scaffolding design
- Lack of Hazard Communication
- Toxic Asphalt Exposure
If you have questions about compensation after an injury caused by roofing accidents, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403 for a free confidential consultation. Your employer may encourage Workers Compensation, though workers comp claims may not fully compensate an employee for long-term disability.