We all want a roof over our heads, keeping us warm and safe at night. For Connecticut residents to have this amenity, the services of roof repairers are often necessary to patch holes in roofs and do other repair work. Working at high heights and in potentially unstable conditions on a residential roof may lead to a ladder fall or other accidents on the job, however, highlighting the necessity of safety for roofers.

What types of dangers exist for Connecticut roof repairers? The repair of residential roofs typically involves working on roofs that are already intact. Outside of a typical construction zone where fall protection may be more at the forefront of an employer’s mind, there is still be the possibility of an unsafe working environment.

Some of the dangers that may arise for a roof repairer in a residential setting include ladder falls, as ladders are an essential tool to access a roof. Additionally, a roof that needs repair will typically have weak spots or even holes. These hazards can present dangers for the men and women working on the repairs if they are not fully aware of the location of the hazards. Scaffolding may be necessary in some roof repair situations, which subsequently creates the risk of workers suffering a scaffolding fall.

An employer’s failure to provide proper protective gear, including an anchor, harness and lanyard or lifeline connector may also contribute to a worker’s injuries. This equipment, when used properly, could prevent serious injuries in unstable conditions.

If you or a loved one has been injured during a roof repair job, you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. In these matters, it is important to become more knowledgeable about the options available to workers injured on the job. This could help the worker address expenses related to medical treatment and recover. Additionally, this could help the injured worker with lost wages resulting from the incident.

Source: OSHA, “Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Roof Repair,” accessed August 7, 2015