Study: Residential construction roofers at high risk of fatal falls
The report recommends better compliance and training from employers.
"The odds of fatal falls from roofs were higher for roofing and residential construction than any other construction sector," said the study. "Other groups with higher rates of fatal falls from roofs included workers younger than 20 years or older than 44 years, racial minorities, Hispanics, and immigrant workers. Workers in southern regions also had a higher rate of fatal falls compared to the construction industry as a whole."
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded the study. Researchers examined trends and patterns of fatal falls from roofs in the construction industry between 1992 and 2009 with special emphasis on the years 2003-09.
The authors said the study shows the need for employers to comply with OSHA fall protection regulations and provide effective training "in a language and vocabulary workers can understand."
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April 18, 2013
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