Those who work in the roofing and construction industries are well aware of the dangers of falling hazards. However, falling remains the leading cause of death in the construction industry. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is leading the charge against falling hazards with its new Stop Falls program. OSHA provides insight into the common causes of falls in a variety of industries and the ways in which workers and employers can prevent their occurrence.
To prevent falls while roofing, it is imperative that workers never disconnect from the lifeline. If a tool is out of reach because of the lifeline, take the time to readjust your rope instead of disconnecting it entirely. When installing skylights, do not use the empty patch of roof as a sitting area. Far too often, workers fall through empty skylights because they were dangling their legs through the hole. Most importantly, always check the integrity of ropes, harnesses and other protective equipment before climbing.
I Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you or a co-worker has been injured on the job while roofing, our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys can help. The Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC legal team has over 80 years of combined experience protecting whistleblowers and workers injured on the job. We will go above and beyond in the courtroom to recover the full compensation that you deserve for the physical, emotional and financial hardships incurred by the incident. For more information or free legal advice, contact us. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers, call us today at (614) 221-7548.
[Did You Know:
According to OSHA, 67 percent of fatal falls occur within small businesses where the loss of a worker hurts the whole company.]
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