According to OSHA, 34% of all construction fall deaths are attributed to workers who fell from roofs. Ideally, employers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country will implement roof safety systems that can eliminate or minimize the risk of a fall or other types of accidents. Creating a safety plan begins by recognizing the types of hazards that you and your workers may face while working at heights.
You may be subject to extreme temperatures
Those who work on a roof may be exposed to to dangerously hot temperatures. The heat may be caused either by typical weather conditions in a given area or by the tools that you use while performing a task.
Be careful while working near electricity
If you are working near power lines or with electric power tools, you could be at a higher risk of experiencing an electric shock or burn. Therefore, you should be aware of your surroundings and ensure that equipment is checked regularly for any problems that could jeopardize your health.
Make sure that you have the right gear
Ideally, you will be given protective equipment such as earplugs, a hard hat and glasses. Your employer should provide respiratory equipment if you are going to be exposed to paint fumes or other hazardous chemicals. It is also important that you have the right footwear to prevent slips, trips or falls while working at heights.
In some cases, it might be worthwhile to install guardrails to prevent a slip and fall accident. You or a member of your team should ensure that the roof will be able to hold the weight of anyone who tries to walk on it.
If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may make it easier to cover medical bills and other expenses while you are out of work. In some cases, you’ll receive benefit payments after you return to work. An attorney may be able to help you file a claim or appeal one that has been denied.