Completing a roofing job might sound like common sense, but there are more risks than you might think. Homeowners or local community members can become seriously injured or even die from working on roofing.
Roofing fatalities have continued to rise since 2021, even in the roofing and construction industry. The best way to avoid roofing fatalities is to work with a professional roofing company. While avoiding falls off your roof should be convincing enough, below we will also share more benefits you can gain from working with a professional company like Kanga Roof.
Roofing Fatality Statistics
In 2021, roofing fatalities increased by 20%. The number of total deaths for nonresidential contractors was up to 28, and deaths for residential roofers was 24. The majority of deaths were from falls, but many of the residential roofing deaths were from exposure to harmful substances. 5.9% of construction industry deaths were due to slips trips and falls.
For homeowners who attempt to do roofing jobs by themselves, the numbers are even higher. In fact, The CDC also states that more than 97% of all roofing and ladder accidents happen at home, which means that many homeowners are not qualified to complete roofing jobs and are not using proper safety equipment.
How Do Roofers Avoid Roofing Fatalities
Although the statistics have been higher in the past few years, professional roofers have safety equipment and specialized training that helps lower their risk of roofing fatalities. Falls, slips, and trips are common in almost any job, but for a roofer, it can mean life or death.
Preventing slips starts with completing a job when the weather is dry and the roof is clean. Mold or mildew, rain, or snow, can all cause roofing material to become slippery.
Falls may be harder to prevent, but taking extra precautions and working with a clear headspace can help. Professional roofing companies have more stable ladders, harnesses, and slip-resistant boots that can help make their job a lot safer.
Before beginning work, roofers should also ask themselves these questions: Is the structure secure enough to hold weight? Is my ladder secured properly? Are guardrails available for this job? Evaluating the situation beforehand allows workers to be prepared and hopefully anticipate any obstacles.
Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Roofer
Besides lowering the risk of roofing fatalities for yourself, hiring a professional roofer has other benefits. Falling off your roof is not the only thing independent roofers have to worry about. Below are some of the benefits you will get when working with a licensed roofing company.
Because they get paid to complete roofing projects daily, the professionals have better equipment. Not only will this keep them safe, but it also means your job will get done right, without the need to cut corners.
Access To Materials
Getting the right roofing materials for your home can be tricky, but professional roofers have easy access to high-quality materials. Asphalt shingles, metal roofing, slate tiles, and more are all at your fingertips when you hire a roofing company. This is because the roofers have relationships already built with suppliers. You can get many materials in a variety of colors from professional roofers.
Roofing comes with a learning curve, which can put your project behind schedule when you are just starting out. Roofers have lots of experience, which means they will complete your project the right way in a short period of time. This means you can get back to living in a quiet home with a safe roof.
Less Risk Of Home Damage
Your roof can become damaged when materials are not applied and secured properly. Professional roofers will help lower the risk of damage and save you the frustration and worry of ruining your home. Damaging your roof will lead to roof repairs and working with a roofing contractor anyway. Hire one first to save some time and money.
Professional Roofers From Kanga Roof
Our team at Kanga Roof loves working with Utah homeowners and business owners to give them the roof they deserve. We offer a variety of materials and now offer installation of metal siding! We want you to feel safe, secure, and relaxed while under your roof. Contact us for an estimate at (801) 845-0021.