6 Ways to Make Working at Heights Safer Part 1
Combine one of the most dangerous occupations and one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and you have a recipe for construction litigation. As roofing attorneys in Florida, we are all too familiar with the dangers of working in the roofing industry. We have litigated countless cases that could have been avoided with a greater awareness among workers of hazards such as falls from ladders, roofs, and scaffolds.
We are passionate about educating and serving the roofing industry and would like to share six ways that employers can make roofing work a lot safer in this two-part series. In part one, we will discuss roofing regulations, reporting accidents, and selecting personal protective equipment (PPE).
Know and Understand Roofing Regulations
The roofing industry, like other industries, are required to abide by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) mandates and guidelines to protect their workers. OSHA requires hazard protection for any worker working at a height greater than 6 feet. Ignoring these regulations can lead to OSHA citations, penalties, and serious injuries/death, which will lead to the need for a roofing lawyer in Florida. Since employers must remain OSHA compliant at all times, it is imperative that employers educate workers on fall protection and training, monitor guidelines, surface safety, roof holes and skylights, material handling, weather conditions, and more.
While we never want to see accidents happen, they happen frequently in roofing. However, many of these accidents can be avoided when employers proactively promote a culture of safety and enforce safety standards. When injuries or fatalities occur, this means that certain hazards were not identified and removed from the jobsite. Even if an accident is a near-miss, reporting it helps employers to eliminate the hazards so that same accident will not occur again.
Proper PPE Selecting
Accident prevention begins with selecting the right PPE for your crew. Select equipment that meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s(OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. There are many fall protection systems to choose from and your crew would benefit from consulting with a knowledgeable PPE specialist. A specialist can ensure you get equipment that is the correct size, comfortable, and functional. Understanding how to properly inspect PPE is equally as important as it could fail at any time.
Read part two for more tips.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.