Tips for Making Rooftop Safety Your #1 Priority
by Shari Carlozzi
There is no doubt that OSHA fines have increased over 80% since 2016 due to the continued growth of the construction industry in the United States and the hazards faced daily by construction workers.
Did you know that over $1,293 Billion in capital spending makes the USA one of the world?s largest construction markets?
With construction growth on the rise so are industry reported deaths. In 2019, 20% of all occupational deaths (1,061) occurred in the construction industry. It is no wonder OSHA fines for violations have increased in the construction industry:
The number one OSHA Fine violation for the past 9 years is Fall Protection. Falls represent 5 of the top 10 OSHA violations and are the leading cause of death in construction.
Following the 80/20 rule, 4 specific hazards in the construction industry account for 60% of the construction-related deaths.3 Establishing safety compliance training for hazard awareness and implementing company protocols with mandatory guidelines can prevent or reduce employee accidents.
1. Falls to a lower-level account for 36.5% of construction industry occupational deaths due to:
Per OSHA 1926 Construction Standards: fall protection must be provided when work is performed 6ft above a lower level.
Employers must provide training for their employees to recognize hazards to prevent falls. These efforts will also help prevent injuries and potential OSHA violation fines.
2. Electrical Hazards in construction account for 8.5% of building site fatalities
The cost of compliance is less expensive than the costs associated with electrical injuries and treatment.
3. Struck By incidents in construction account for 8.4% of industry-related deaths.
4. Getting Caught in Between 2 objects accounts for 1.4% of construction deaths
Employers can prevent such incidents and injuries by creating a protocol to implement the proper precautions to secure tunnels and trenches on construction sites.
What goes up must come down:
Safety precautions are necessary from the moment you reach to jobsite:
Your EMR means business:
Rooftop safety is priority #1 for the building owners and YOU as a roofing professional
EMR (Experience Modification Rating) 1.0 is the point that determines the riskiness of your company compared to others. This is number can and does affect your business costs and opportunities.
The time to create a safety culture in your business is before you hire your first employee, quote your first project, or visit your first job site. The successful contractor focuses on the safety and well-being of his employees and the customers they serve.
As OSHA regulations become more restrictive and violation fines increase, non-compliance can not only cost your business hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it can also cost someone their life.
BUILD A SAFETY CULTURE:
14 years in commercial roofing industry focusing on rooftop installation sales and safe practices in heat welding and fall protection. Director of National Safety Solutions Sales Team
Certification: OSHA 10, OSHA 30, Competent Person for Fall Protection
Bachelor of Science in Education: Comprehensive Communications