Even the most experienced roofers understand that there are risks associated with their job. They realize that working at height puts them at risk of falling to the ground below, which can result in serious injury or even death.
There are many causes of these falls, including but not limited to the following:
- Slipping: It only takes one false step when working on a roof to find yourself in serious trouble. This is why it’s important to know exactly what you’re doing and to carefully watch each step you take.
- Lack of safety equipment: Experienced roofers often assume they won’t make a mistake, so they don’t use safety equipment, such as a harness. This error in judgment can result in a fall.
- Inclement weather: From rain to snow to high winds, Mother Nature can make it difficult to work at heights. If the weather takes a turn while working on a roof, it’s best to head to a safe place for the time being.
- Debris: Your workspace should be kept clean and clear of all unnecessary debris, at all times. Just the same, keep a close eye on any tools that are located on your work surface.
If you suffer an accident while working on a roof, regardless of the cause, report it to your supervisor and seek immediate medical attention. Depending on the circumstances and types of injuries, you may need to request that a coworker calls 911.
Once you receive treatment and understand your prognosis, you can decide if it makes sense to file a workers’ compensation claim.