Roofers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry, and it’s not just because they’re working from heights. Roofing exposes workers to a variety of risks, so proper safety precautions must be taken in order to keep roofers safe.
While many people are aware of the danger from falling, roofers can suffer other debilitating injuries including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Workers who experience a fall can suffer from a variety of injuries, but one of the most dangerous injuries is a traumatic brain injury or TBI. TBIs can cause permanent damage and can be fatal if not treated in time.
- Burns – Roofers often work with hot asphalt and tar; and, if these occupational materials aren’t handled appropriately, workers could suffer permanently disfiguring burns and toxic exposure problems. Even splashes of small amounts of tar could require hospitalization. In addition, roofers can face potentially deadly injuries from exploding asphalt kettles.
- Electrocution – In addition to working with electrical tools that can malfunction, working at heights also puts roofers closer to overhead power lines. Contact with power lines can be fatal, and contributes to approximately 11% of roofing deaths each year.
- Heat Stroke – Because roofers work outside all day, they are at an increased risk of developing heat stroke. It is crucial that workers stay hydrated and wear appropriate sun protection clothing.
- Puncture Wounds – Roofers require powerful tools to do their jobs. Unfortunately, these tools can be dangerous. Tools like nail guns can cause puncture wounds if they discharge and hit a worker. While some puncture wounds may not be serious, puncture wounds on the face could cause severe injuries and permanent disfigurement.
All Workers Have Rights
Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, but all workers have the right to a safe workplace. For employers, this means providing appropriate and necessary equipment and training to those working on roofs. Failing to provide employees with the required safety training or procedures can cause workers to suffer life-threatening injuries or even death.
Lubbock Roofing Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love was injured in a Texas roofing accident, contact the Lubbock roofing injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group today. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to see how we can help.