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  1. 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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  2. 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 (https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.). 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Fall Prevention vs. Fall Arrest

    Fall-related injuries and fatalities occur most often in the construction industry, and out of all the occupations in the construction industry, roofers are at the highest risk of fall-related fatalities. As inadequate fall protection is responsible for the majority of these fatalities, it is imperative that roofing professionals place a greater emphasis on recognizing and preventing fall hazards. Fall hazards can be addressed in two main methods: fall prevention and fall arrest.  This article will…

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  6. New AI Endorsements – Automatic Status for Completed Operations

    The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) recently released 92 new and 42 revised endorsements for use with Commercial General Liability (CGL) ISO coverage forms which became effective December 1, 2019 in most jurisdictions across the country. The is the first major CGL endorsement filing by the ISO since 2013, and the extensive endorsement filing was considered unusual because it was made with no changes in ISO’s coverage forms. These endorsements being made optional provides considerable…

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  7. Dispelling the Myths of Fall Protection

    Personal fall protection systems are one of the best ways for roofers to protect workers who are exposed to great heights. And while the majority of your workers may be abiding by the rules set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a few may not be. All it takes is for an OSHA compliance officer to drive by and see a worker without fall protection for your company to be investigated and…

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  8. Are You Up to Date With OSHA 2019 Ladder Regulations?

    Falls from elevated surfaces make up the biggest percentage of construction related deaths and injuries. This, in turn, makes them one of the biggest sources of legal disputes. Many of these disputes stem from issues with walking-working surfaces, fall restraint systems, and ladder standards. However, with a new ruling we go over below, some standards for walking-working surfaces and ladders have changed for the better. If you want to be prepared next time OSHA inspectors…

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  9. Are Roofing Insurance and General Liability Insurance the Same Thing?

    When conversations turn from construction to insurance, it’s normal to feel out of your element. After all, you’ve spent the majority of your career on project sites, not in an office learning about the nuances of insurance policies. You shouldn’t be expected to know everything about insurance, but due to the high-risk nature of the roofing industry, it’s essential that all roofing contractors have some formal knowledge of this topic. Let’s start with a commonly…

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  10. 7 Varieties of Roof Safety Systems

    Although roof safety systems can seem like an expensive obligation, it’s always smart to invest. As a matter of fact, it is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that certain parameters are set into place for roof safety; otherwise, you could find yourself responsible for substantial fines or worse. However, not many are aware of how far fall protection technology has come. There are all kinds of different OSHA-approved devices for roofs…

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