Without proper planning before starting projects, lives are at risk. Too many construction accidents in New York involve roof workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety standards and guidelines. Compliance is crucial to keep roof workers safe. The most important regulation is to provide workers with appropriate fall protection and adequate training in the correct use of a fall arrest system.
Each building’s roof area is unique, and proper planning can ensure all hazards are addressed. According to OSHA, most fall-related violations involve steeped and sloped walls, unprotected edges and skylights. A simple slip or trip while working on a roof could cause life-changing injuries or death.
The third, most-often neglected roof hazard involves finishing off the project and making sure the roof is safe for maintenance in the future. Also, engineered systems to provide safety for those who access the roof area for other installation must form a part of the initial project planning. Those who service and install equipment such as skylights, telecommunication masts, PV panels, elevator machinery and air conditioning units must have safe environments to do their jobs.
However, even with the most efficient planning, accidents can happen. The mounting medical bills and lost wages could overwhelm victims of construction accidents. Although the New York workers’ compensation typically covers those costs, navigating the benefits claims could be complicated. Fortunately, workers are free to secure the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney throughout the legal and administrative proceedings to pursue maximum applicable benefits.