U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that 69 roofers died from workplace falls in 2014.
“Those numbers reflect 69 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one―a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter whose death has left a void in the hearts of family and friends,” according to a joint statement by William Good, CEO of the NRCA, and Kinsey M. Robinson, International President of the UUR.
During this week’s Stand-Down, construction industry employers are asked to take a break during the work day to focus to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.
“NRCA and UURWAW encourage their members and all involved in the roofing industry to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down by delivering focused fall-protection awareness toolbox talks at the start of each day during that week and throughout the year.”
Special materials developed by UURWAW about fall protection can be accessed on www.unionroofers.com/Stand-Down.aspx.