COVID-19 and the Construction Industry

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  1. What You Should Know About Fall Protection Rescue

    Occupational Health & Safety Magazine cites fall protection rescue as the most commonly overlooked aspect of fall protection, with even the most prepared and proactive companies minimizing the importance of a rescue plan and rescue training. Employers should always remember that, under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, a fall arrest system necessitates a rescue plan and rescue training.  In this article, a roofing lawyer in Illinois will discuss the factors involved in creating…

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  2. What to Consider When Choosing a Ladder for Your Jobsite

    Falls account for the largest number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and frequently involve breach of ladder regulations. In order to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities and potential OSHA citations, it is important to provide ladders that are appropriate for the task and capable of withstanding the weight of the worker. Below, a roofing lawyer in Illinois who is highly knowledgeable of OSHA ladder regulations will go over the variety of factors…

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  3. What Out-Of-State Contractors Need to Know About Florida Insurance Requirements

    Many contractors elect to work in neighboring states as a foreign limited liability company (LLC) in order to stay competitive in the industry and pursue highly lucrative projects. In order to successfully and lawfully operate within the borders of Florida, out-of-state contractors must become familiar with Florida’s laws and insurance requirements for contractors. In this article, we will discuss what out-of-state contractors need to know about roofing insurance in Florida and how it could impact…

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  4. Selecting Roof Safety Equipment for Your Jobsite

    Roofers encounter a number of hazards on the job, including but not limited to hazards associated with working at heights, power tools, hazardous substances, electricity, and noise. From 2003 to 2013, falls accounted for 3,500 fatalities in the construction industry, with 1,200 fatalities resulting from falls from roofs. In order to protect your workers, it is crucial to provide roof safety equipment.   In this article, a roofing lawyer in Illinois will discuss the different…

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  5. Preparation for the Job Site Mandated Shutdowns due to COVID-19

    On Tuesday, Boston became the first major city to shut down all construction activities altogether, and the San Francisco Bay Area also declared a shelter in place order, which has effects on construction as well, though not to the extent of the Boston directive. Many more shelter in place orders and complete construction shutdowns are happening daily and expected since we are just in the beginning stages of the consequences from the outbreak. So what…

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  6. Navigating OSHA During COVID-19

    With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting employers throughout the nation, it can be challenging to navigate the influx of information from various government authorities, health care professionals and the media. Luckily, OSHA recently published Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, which details some safety precautions employers can and should utilize to protect employees ( While the information in the OSHA guidelines is useful, OSHA has not yet published any Coronavirus specific standards or mandates for employers…

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  7. Be Prepared for the Coronvirus’ (COVID-19) Effects on Construction

    The experts are predicting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will have long-term ramifications for many aspects of the U.S. construction industry. Like all predictions, we will not see the actual effects until after the event passes. As leaders of construction companies, your employees are looking to you for guidance throughout this latest crisis. It is prudent to be prepared and have a strategic plan in place for the remainder of the year to identify and overcome the…

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  8. Factory Mutual recently made changes that updated the Loss Prevention Data Sheets

    Factory Mutual recently made changes that updated the Loss Prevention Data Sheets as it pertains to Roofing Industry. The following are some of the most important changes: FM 1-9 (Roof Anchorage for Older, Wood-Roofed Buildings) Changed the title to Roof Anchorage for Older, Wood-Roofed Building (from Roof Anchorage) Revised the scope of the document to apply only to older, wood roofed buildings (new construction follows guidance from DS 1-28) Deleted sections now addressed in 1-28…

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  9. How a Roofing Lawyer Keeps Your Workplace Up to Date With OSHA’s Ladder Regulations

    Job sites are dangerous places, especially for roofing professionals. Without the proper guidelines in place, serious injuries and fatalities can occur. OSHA ladder regulations specify how employers are to provide ladders that are appropriate for the job at hand. If these rules are not followed, your roofing company is at risk of receiving a citation, a citation that could increase if the violation is not remedied.  Fortunately, our roofing lawyers are here to ensure that…

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  10. A Fatal Fall Illustrates the Importance of Child Labor Laws in Alabama

    A fatal fall from an Alabama roof illustrates the importance of fall protection, especially when employing underage workers. On July 1, a 15-year-old boy died after falling 40 feet through an unsupported section of roof on a project site in Cullman, AL. Although safety equipment was installed on the roof, police said that it was not being used by workers. It was the victim’s first day on the job.  Below, a Roofing Lawyer in Alabama…

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