Safety.blr.com reports that the state of California has set up a multiagency group tasked to ensure that safety standards in the roofing industry are strictly observed:
According to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), there were 367 roofing-related falls from scaffolds, ladders, elevations, etc., in the state from 2008 to 2010. These preventable incidents carried a price tag of more than $70 million.
The Roofing Compliance Working Group (RCWG) includes Cal/OSHA and the office of the labor commissioner, as well as industry groups, university-based safety programs, and labor organizations.
The purpose of the group is to ensure compliance and understanding of industry-specific workplace safety laws. RCWG’s objectives include rapid response to complaints of safety hazards in the roofing industry, as well as investigation of complaints related to workers’ compensation and payroll issues.
While this news may be more relevant to those involved in the roofing industry, it also has several implications to consumers. Foremost among these is the confirmation of the fact that roofing jobs can be very hazardous, particularly to amateurs who do not have the right skills and equipment to guarantee safety while up on the roof. As the statistics in the report shows, the chances of an accident in roofing jobs can be significant even for professionals who are expected to have the right equipment and skills for the job.
Additionally, the news report highlights the need for homeowners in Sacramento, California and elsewhere to carefully screen potential contractors who may be working on their homes. Reputable Sacramento roofing companies, such as Yancey Home Improvements, should be able to show proof of their workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance. If the roofing company does not have the proper insurance coverage, a homeowner may be held liable for any injuries that happen in their property.
Furthermore, it is critical for homeowners to look into the track record of potential roofing companies, preferably by talking to people who had first-hand experience in working with these companies. Ideal Sacramento, CA roofing companies should look after the safety of their workers and of the residents, as well as protect the property from damages, by observing safety practices. These include keeping the area free from materials and equipment that can cause accidents, and covering skylights and other roof openings while working on the roof.
(From California talking–and acting–tough on roofing safety, Business and Legal Resources, September 17, 2013)
(From California talking–and acting–tough on roofing safety, www.safety.blr.com, Sept. 17, 2013)