The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that an average of 40 fatalities related to roof installation services is recorded every year. This number is for residential buildings alone, most of which are not required to have fall protection safety measures put in place at all. This shocking lack of precautionary fail-safes was a result of a now-repealed 1995 directive, the Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, Standard 03-00-001.
For over 40 years, The Roofing Company (CO) has placed our workers’ safety on high priority. This does not only protect them from the harm and injury that could potentially befall them particularly in a high-risk construction environment, but it also protects our customers from any liabilities that may follow.
The Temporary Directive
The 1995 policy was put in place as a temporary measure, as a means of accommodating the high demand of new roof construction projects at the time. Unfortunately, it remained in effect for over 15 years, well over its originally intended period. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the US Department of Labor, has since replaced the old directive. This has led to a gradual fall in occupational hazards in the roofing industry.
The New Policy
Today, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1926.501(b)(13) provides fall protection guidelines that all residential roofing construction projects must follow. However, OSHA, as well as the National Association of Home Builders, understands that sometimes homes are not meant to have fall protection measures installed. In these cases, 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) makes allowances for alternative solutions to prevent worker injury on the job.
As one of the top local residential roofing contractors in the area, The Roofing Company (CO) is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our professionals and specialists. Give us a call at (970) 887-0104 or fill out our online contact form to talk to our professionals and get a free estimate today. We serve Aspen, CO.