Roof workers in New York and other states face various dangers related to the heights at which they do their jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to which business owners in this industry must comply. However, many employers fail to provide fall protection to prevent serious injuries on the job site.
A roofer recently lost his life in an incident that occurred in a neighboring state. A building owner contracted a roofing company to repair damage from last season. While workers were on the roof, part of it collapsed and caused one of the roofers to fall about 20 feet onto the concrete floor of a lower level. Reportedly, some of the damage that was to be repaired were cracked rafters, and that is the suspected cause of the collapse.
Authorities say the incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. Emergency workers rushed the 47-year-old roofer to a hospital, but he succumbed to serious injuries shortly after 2 p.m. By the time a deputy coroner arrived at the scene of the incident, repairs had been done, and the cause of the fall was no longer evident. However, OSHA launched an investigation to determine whether the company had the appropriate safety precautions to prevent fall incidents in place.
When a loved one suffers serious injuries that lead to his or her death on the job, the surviving family members may face several financial hardships. The expenses related to end-of-life arrangements and sudden loss of income can be detrimental to a family's financial stability. Fortunately, as in New York, the family of the roofer who lost his life in this incident can claim death benefits from the worker's compensation insurance system for their state. The compensation they receive might somewhat ease their trauma at this difficult time.
Source: ydr.com, "OSHA investigates man's fatal roof fall in York", Ted Czech, Jan. 26, 2017