Most people are well aware of the fact that roofing is risky. However, many people underestimate the riskiness of this profession. In fact, roofing ranks number 6 on the list of 10 riskiest jobs. There are a number of statistics that may shock you.

Falls are the Most Common Cause of Death

It is estimated that 75 percent of roofing fatalities are caused by falls. Forty percent of people who died in the construction industry in 2014 fell. Slip and fall injuries also increased by 17 percent in 2014. Fortunately, the vast majority of falls can be prevented by taking the proper safety precautions.

Every person needs to complete the proper training. They will also need to use guardrails on all of the roof edges. Additionally, the roof surfaces need to be kept free of debris.

Electrocution is Another Common Cause of Death

It is estimated that 11 percent of the deaths in the roofing industry are caused by electrocution. Four-hundred and forty-five construction workers died after coming in contact with an electrical current. Twenty-six of those people were roofers. Most of these people died after coming in contact with a power line.

Employers need to make sure that all of the grounding requirements are followed. All power lines need to be located and labeled. Additionally, no equipment should come within 10 feet of a power line.


Burns are not as common as other types of roofing injuries. However, they are definitely something that people should pay attention to. There were 185 workers who were severely burned from 1988 to 2005. They all required serious medical attention. Some of these people died.

One worker had to spend nine days in the hospital after he got hot tar on his arm. Another person died after he received a hot tar burn that covered 15 percent of his body. Many workers are burned when tar splashes on them. Others are burned from spills. When hot tar comes in contact with the skin, it cools and solidifies. This makes the burn more severe.

Complacency can lead to injuries. Many workers and employers may get too comfortable doing a certain job and not take the proper precautions. They may also overestimate the skills that they have. It is important for people to follow all of the guidelines consistently. Everyone should familiarize themselves with the standards that were set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.