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Roof deaths

Do you know that the top workers in the project have the fifth highest death rate? Not to mention federal research shows that in the United States, the mortality rate of rooftop workers has reached an all-time high in five years [Durability + Design News, 2015].

Studies have shown that the death toll on every 100,000 full-time workers is 29.9, and the death toll per 100,000 full-time workers is 15.2 [Public Health Report [1896-1970]]. This is about twice the difference!

Do you know that about 50 roof workers die each year from falling from work? Government reports indicate that inadequate fall protection is the cause of most fatal falls [Public Health Report, 2015].

Falling from the edge of the roof accounted for half of the death toll in the fall. For roof workers in residential buildings, the fall on the edge of the roof accounted for 70% of work-related falls and 90% of roof deaths. These statistics show that the roof of the roof [2015] provides insufficient roof fall protection.

Compared to all other roof workers, residential roofers have almost twice as many ladder death rates. This may be because the ladder is used more for residential work. Skylight Falls are almost always on commercial roofs [Public Health Report, 2015].

Workplace deaths statistics

Occupational Safety and Health Administration statistics on the number of deaths in the workplace.

• In 2012, the average number of deaths per person was 4,628, 89 per week, and the number of deaths per day exceeded 12

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• In 2012, 748 Hispanic or Latino workers were injured as a result of work-related injuries – an average of more than 14 deaths per week, or two Latino workers die every day.

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• Fatal injuries involving contractors accounted for 15% of all fatal injuries in 2012.

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• In 2012, 4,175 workers were killed by private companies, of which 806 were under construction.

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• The main cause of death in construction workers in 2012 was a fall, followed by object impact, electric shock and pinch/clamp. These reasons, known as the "fatal four", led to 54.2% of the death toll of construction workers in 2012.

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• In 2012, 279 of the 806 people who accounted for the total number of deaths in the building.

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• Electronic issues accounted for 66 of the 806 total death tolls [Professional Roofing Magazine, 2015].

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Precautions can be taken to prevent the death of most work-related roof workers.

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– Plan – Plan ahead to get the job done safely

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– Offer – Provide suitable equipment

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– Train – Train everyone to use the equipment safely

The contractor shall:

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• Regular safety training, especially autumn safety and electrical safety.

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• Consider using guardrails and personal fall protection systems.

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• Place the guardrail around the skylight and place a strong cover at the roof opening.

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The roofer should:

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• Make sure they have received safety training before going to work.

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• Ask employers to provide adequate fall protection.

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• Maintain a wired or possibly live power line that is at least 10 feet away.

Check the OSHA fact sheet for more tips.

references:

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“Painting and Coatings Industry News.” Roofers, the rise of death in architecture: durability + design news. N.p., August 29, 2013. website. 2015.

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"The main cause of death." Public Health Report [1896-1970] 67.1 [1952]: 90-95. Http://www.elcosh.org. Web page.

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"Workplace Death Statistics | Professional Roof Magazine." Workplace Deaths Statistics | Professional Roof Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web page. 2015.

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