Roofing Accident Lawsuits - Consumer Justice Foundation

Roofing Accidents

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Construction sites are an inherently dangerous environment, and some of the most serious accidents in the construction industry are the result of falls from rooftops. In fact, statistics indicate that nearly 1,000 construction workers are killed each year while on the job, one-third of which (about 300 deaths) result from construction site falls like roofing accidents. Unfortunately, roofing accidents and falls can have life-altering consequences for workers, including brain injury, spinal cord injury or death. Proper protection equipment and safety precautions are important in protecting the lives of construction workers, although many employers in the construction industry disregard these regulations in favor of saving time and money. If you were injured in a roofing accident, or if you lost a loved one in a construction site fall, contact an experienced construction accident attorney today to discuss your compensation options.

Common Causes of Roofing Accidents

According to OSHA, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. There are a number of factors involved in roofing accidents and falls, including unstable working surfaces, human error, and misuse or failure to use fall protection equipment. In general, roofing accidents at construction sites are often the result of the following:

  • Lack of proper training
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • OSHA violations
  • Failure to follow proper procedures

OSHA Regulations to Prevent Roofing Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has implemented safety regulations to prevent the occurrence of roofing accidents and other construction accidents. Unfortunately, employers and general contractors motivated by profit sometimes cut corners and ignore safety protocol to save time and money, thereby putting the lives of construction workers at an unnecessary risk. The following are solutions offered by OSHA to prevent roofing accidents and falls:

  • Cover floor holes
  • Consider using aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated working surfaces
  • Erect guardrail systems with toeboards and warning lines
  • Install control line systems to protect workers near the edges of roofs
  • Use safety net systems or body harnesses

Studies have shown that using safety nets, guardrails, body harnesses, covers and restraint systems can prevent may deaths and injuries from construction site falls. Employers that fail to follow OSHA regulations are not doing everything they can to prevent construction accident injuries caused by roofing falls.

Workers’ Compensation for Roofers

Workers’ compensation laws were enacted in the United States to protect the rights of workers who are injured on the job, offering critical benefits for medical bills and lost wages. Construction workers injured in roofing accidents or other construction site accidents may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries and associated expenses, and the surviving family members of workers killed on the job may be entitled to death benefits under workers’ compensation laws. Unfortunately, some workers’ compensation claims are denied by the insurance company, and the benefits offered to other workers are far less than what the victims deserve. By consulting a qualified construction accident attorney regarding your workplace injury, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and you can improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Contact a Construction Accident Attorney for Help If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured on the Job

Too often, roofing accidents and other construction accidents occur because of the negligence of the employer or general contractor, and at other times because of a defective tool or piece of equipment. If you or a loved one was injured in an on-the-job roofing accident, contact a construction accident attorney today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and lost wages, which you can pursue by appealing your denied workers’ compensation claim or filing a third-party liability lawsuit if your injuries were caused by a third party not employed by your employer. You should not be held responsible for the physical, financial and emotional consequences of a workplace injury; with the help of an experienced construction accident attorney, you can pursue fair and timely reimbursement and protect yourself and your family from further harm.

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