Roofers spend a lot of time working at elevated heights. As you might expect, this comes with many safety risks. Falling from such a height is one of the most obvious and could lead to severe head injuries, multiple fractures or even death.
Unfortunately, many roofers working in and around Fairfax, Virginia, might not understand the other injury risks associated with installing roofs. Although workers’ compensation can help in the wake of an accident, most roofers would prefer to remain injury-free. As such, it is wise to develop an understanding of how roofing injuries aside from falling might occur.
- Becoming pinned or caught in between items or moving parts
- Physical injury caused by large and heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts
- Coming into contact with electrical hazards like power lines and tools
- Fire risks caused by flammable chemicals used in the roofing industry
- Muscle and tissue injuries caused by stooping, bending over and lifting heavy items
- Heat-related conditions that arise from working under the hot Virginia sun
As summer begins to ramp up, more work will soon be flooding in for construction companies and roofers. Why not start the busy roofing season with a new dedication to personal safety? While workers’ compensation can certainly help injured employees financially, it is always best to avoid injury altogether.