A new on-line poll that came out in September is telling us something we already know: roofing is one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States.
A new on-line poll
that came out in September is telling us something we already know: roofing is
one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States.
With 37 deaths for
every 100,000 workers, roofing is a profession that faces great odds of being
injured on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And despite gains in
safety procedures provided by contractors, roofing is one profession where
workers are dying for a paycheck.
Are you providing a
safe working environment for your workers?
Do you think safety is
even more important during a down economy or during good times, or both?
Roofing is dangerous:
we all know that. But the MSN Money poll found loggers and fishermen face the
most daunting odds of dying at work in 2002, while the highways remain the most
dangerous place for workers.
According to the poll, on-the-job accidents
and homicides claimed the lives of 5,524 Americans last year, down 6.6 percent
from 2001. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the workplace death rate is the
lowest it has seen since recordkeeping began in 1992.
Fishing was the second most dangerous
occupation, with 71.1 deaths for every 100,000 workers, followed by pilots and
navigators, 69.8, structural metal workers, 58.2, and drivers-sales workers at
Besides roofing, electric power
installers, farm occupation, construction laborer and truck drivers also made
the top 10.
Are you doing enough
to prevent injuries or fatalities on the job? What have you done to help the
roofing profession become a safer place to work?
Watts Up: Roofing Still a Dangerous Profession.
By Tom Watts
Tom Watts is the associate editor of Roofing Contractor. He can be reached at 248-244-1738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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