According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the roofing industry consistently maintains its position as one of the most dangerous types of work. Statistics indicate that roofers experience the third-highest fatality rate of American workers. New York construction workers, such as roofers, who suffer serious injuries should contact an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.
The most serious danger to construction workers, especially roofers, is the risk of falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that nearly 40% of construction worker fatalities involved a falling accident. There are many causes of roofing fall accidents including, roof pitch, inclement weather, debris and slipping hazards, and electrocution. These dangerous angles and weather conditions, compounded with irregular surfaces, make falling accidents more likely to occur. In addition to falling off of a roof, workers may fall through a collapsing roof. This is an especially perilous situation as a collapsing roof often poses a danger to anyone in the vicinity of the roof.
For example, a recent news report described a construction accident stemming from a collapsed roof. According to officials, the construction worker was working on a demolition project when the building began to collapse. Witnesses stated that roof jacks were placed throughout the building. Emergency responders stated that the roof “completely caved in” and surrounded the man. Fire and Rescue workers extricated the worker from the building and transported him to a hospital. Tragically, the man succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.