Roofers have dangerous jobs. By the very nature of their work, are particularly exposed to fall risks, as well as other types of construction accidents. Because they work in elevated settings, it is very important that they have all proper safety protections.
Construction work is well known to be dangerous work. In 2011, 721 workers died in construction accidents. This was 17.5 percent of the total number of work fatalities in private industry that year.
Injuries from workplace falls are a frequent type of workers' compensation claim. This is particularly true on construction sites, where scaffolding collapses and ladder falls are far too common. These falls can not only cause injuries; they can be deadly.
A review of the list of America's most dangerous jobs, as measured by fatalities, is daunting yet informative. Commercial fishermen, loggers and airplane pilots are prominent on the list of workplace deaths. No surprises there; the challenges of those very specific industries are well known.