Working in the field of construction is really quite dangerous. Falls are generally the main reason fatalities and injuries occur in this field. However, the situation can easily be avoided with proper training and working for the right construction business who takes measures to keep their workers safe. If you work in roofing, roof falls are definitely a concern here. Here's how it can be avoided:
Always Have the Proper Equipment:
You should never be entering a construction site without the proper equipment. In this case, working on a roof should require the use of proper harnesses and helmets. You should also be fully clothed with protective wear along with closed-toed shoes that have gripping abilities so there is less of a chance of slipping. Most of these supplies should be provided by the construction company you work for.
Always Follow Standards of Your Training Materials:
It's extremely important that you are following the standards of the training materials you have been given through your employer. This training should never be skipped either when it comes time for up-to-date learning of specific techniques. Be sure that you understand the guidelines and use them on site. Otherwise, it could be seen as negligence should a fall occur, which means no compensation or little compensation for the injuries that have occurred.
Always be Aware of Dangerous Conditions:
If the job site is manipulated by any kind of dangerous conditions, it must be pointed out in order to halt the process until conditions fair better. This includes not having enough workers on site, which means that there aren't enough spotters on site to prevent a fall or report a fall right away because there's a higher chance of it going unnoticed. This also means that the few workers that are on site are more prone to being overworked and thus, having a higher chance of being injured due to lethargy. Other dangerous conditions include severe weather and the lack of proper materials. If you notice any of these issues, it should be reported to your company right away in order to resolve the issue or halt the project until further notice.
Avoiding roof fall injuries is not only important for your own safety, but for the other workers alongside you, as well. If you find that your company has not taken proper action to help you avoid a fall, you might have a construction injury lawsuit on your hands and should consider talking with a lawyer about it.