If you are part of a Texas construction crew that works on rooftops, you no doubt have undergone extensive safety training. Roofing is a dangerous business, and even if you have received initial training, it is a good idea to conduct regular safety reviews and updates so that you never let down your guard. There are several things to keep in mind when working on a roof.
The assumption that a roof can hold your weight is never a good idea. Workers should always determine whether a roof surface is structurally sound enough to bear their weight before starting a project. You will also want to inspect the surface for cracks or holes that place you at risk of injury. Always assess all fall hazards before starting roof work.
Reduce the likelihood of a construction accident with safety gear
Numerous state and federal laws may come into play when you are working on a rooftop for a construction company. For instance, if you have exposure to a fall of more than six feet, your employer might have an obligation to provide personal fall protection equipment. While you do not need a license to be a roofer in Texas, you must adhere to all safety regulations.
Other factors that increase the risk of falling off a roof
If you are working on a roof and using power tools or electrical equipment, you have an increased risk for injuries, including falls. Other factors, like extreme heat or inclement weather, are also hazardous for roofers. Regarding weather, it might be better to stop working, even if your project is not complete, rather than continue to work at a great height when weather temperatures are posing a risk to your safety and health.
You could easily fall off a roof if you pass out because you have grown faint in the hot sun. You are also more likely to become dehydrated when temperatures are high. Such issues not only affect your health, but they also increase your risk of falling off a roof.
Navigating a workers’ compensation claim after falling off a roof
Your Texas employer is required to purchase insurance to provide benefits to workers who suffer injuries on the job, especially in a construction accident like falling off a roof. Falling from a great height can result in severe injuries that alter your life, such as a brain injury or injury that affects your spine. If you file a comp claim that receives a denial, do not give up hope.
There are support networks in place to help you get the benefits you deserve if you have fallen off a roof in a construction accident. In addition to medical expenses, you may have a right to benefits that replace lost wages, as well as financial recovery for emotional trauma, loss of ability to work and more.