Roofing falls a common cause of North Carolina residential construction accidents

North Carolina roofing accidents pose a significant risk of serious or fatal work injury. Recently, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration announced new directives aimed at reducing the risk of fall injuries in North Carolina and elsewhere.

“Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace deaths in construction. We cannot tolerate workers getting killed in residential construction when effective means are readily available to prevent those deaths,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Almost every week, we see a worker killed from falling off a residential roof. We can stop these fatalities, and we must.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about 40 workers are killed each year in falls from residential roofs. One-third of those killed are Latino. These workers in particular often lack access to work-safety information and protection.

In particular, the new rules permit employers to provide alternative means of fall protection in residential building environments where traditional fall protection is determined to be unfeasible.

OSHA has also developed training and compliance and assistance materials to employers and will hold a webinar for parties interested in learning more about the new standards.

Additional information about residential fall protection is available here.

If you are dealing with a construction accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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