The Ins and Outs of Roofing Accidents

In Construction Accidents by radmin

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Roofing accidents are extremely common in the construction industry, and often lead to serious, life-changing injuries. Roofing jobs require workers to use ladders to get up on the roofs of houses and buildings alike, making them susceptible to falls and other serious accidents. As you can imagine, roofing is an incredibly dangerous profession, in large part because it is fairly easy for workers to fall if proper safety measures are not taken. There are many different factors that can contribute to a roofing accident, from a steep roof to one that is full of debris and not very well maintained. Furthermore, weather often plays a role in these types of accidents. From extreme heat to ice, wind, rain, and other dangerous weather conditions, working on a roof can be quite hazardous, no matter how experienced you are.

Roofing Accident Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were roughly 125,000 roofers in the United States in 2015, 72 percent of which were in the roofing contracting industry. For every 100,000 roofers, an average of nearly 24 are killed each year by falls. For every 10,000 roofers, 52 suffered nonfatal, albeit serious, injuries. Over the next decade, the roofing industry is expected to grow exponentially. However, the physical demands and risk of injury associated with a career as a roofer keep the turnover rate relatively high.

Many people do not realize this, but the large majority of roofers learn as they go. Only a small percentage of them actually go to school for roofing or come into the industry from an apprenticeship program. This lack of actual training is one of the main reasons why we see so many injuries and deaths in the industry. Roofers often lack the standardized education requirements needed and proper safety precautions are not always adhered to.

Roofing Accident Injuries

As mentioned above, roofing accident injuries are typically quite severe, mainly due to the height in which roofers are working at. As you can imagine, the severity of the fall increases the higher the roofer is off the ground. Let’s now look at a few of the most common injuries associated with roofing accidents:

  • Broken bones
  • Serious sprains
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Puncture wounds
  • Heat related injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of limbs and amputation
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals

If you have suffered an injury as the result of a roofing accident, or lost a loved one in a roofing accident, please contact Rad Law Firm today. Our knowledgeable Dallas roofing accident attorneys will go over your case with you and help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.