Due to the fact that roofers work high above the ground most of the time, their jobs are inherently dangerous.
Working on roofs can be extremely dangerous. There have been many cases where a roofer has lost his life after falling from a height. Due to the fact that roofers work high above the ground most of the time, their jobs are inherently dangerous. In this post, our St. Louis work injury lawyer will talk about the common injuries sustained in roofing fall accidents on a construction site.
Injuries Sustained in Roofing Fall Accidents
Accidents can happen even when proper fall protection equipment is used. Even if the roofing worker survives a fall, the injuries sustained are often severely disabling. Some of the common injuries sustained by roofing workers include:
- Broken Bones: Roofing falls often cause broken bones. When a worker falls off a roof or a ladder, they land on some part of the body, and force of this impact is strong enough to break bones.
- Back injuries: These injuries are also fairly common among roofing workers because their work involves lifting heavy tools and materials. They may have to carry heavy objects up and down ladders. This puts them at risk of suffering back injuries. Crouching and bending for a long time period can also cause back strain and pain.
- Heat stroke: Sun exposure is among the most common causes of roofing injuries. Sun exposure can cause severe sunburns, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can land the worker in a hospital and can even cause death. Lack of proper hydration and sun protection puts the workers at an increased risk of injuries from sun exposure.
- Toxic fumes: Roofing workers who work with asphalt roofing can get exposed to fumes from asphalt. Prolonged and excessive exposure to these fumes can cause a chronic cough and skin cancer. Asphalt exposure can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, throat irritation, fatigue, and headaches.
- Puncture wounds: This is a common injury that roofing workers face each day at work. These injuries can range from minor puncture wounds to severe cuts and lacerations from power tools.
- Paralysis: A common accident scenario that can lead to a severe spinal cord injury is when a worker falls from a height and tries to avoid the fall by grabbing on to something. This can cause the worker to twist his/her body mid-fall, which can result in the worker falling on his/her chest, back or head. Any injury to the victim’s neck or back can lead to a spinal cord injury, which can, in turn, lead to paralysis
Seeking Workers Compensation Benefits for Roofing Injuries
Most roofing accidents lead to severe injuries, as discussed earlier. If you have suffered injuries in a roofing accident at work, you are likely entitled to workers compensation benefits to cover your medical costs and a part of your wage loss. Consult with an experienced St. Louis workers compensation lawyer to learn more about your rights and to ensure they are protected right from the start of your claim. Call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann 24/7 at (314) 361-4300 for a FREE case evaluation.