Top 6 Roofing Hazards (Other Than Falling)

Aug 30, 2017

Top 6 Roofing Hazards (Other Than Falling)

Roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, with a fatality rate of 8.7 deaths per 100,000 workers and a median wage of $35,920, it is no wonder it comes 4th, according to CNN, in the list of the most dangerous jobs in the nation.

In a job where being elevated is a daily part of it, there are several dangers and hazards roofing contractors face on the daily that are not falling. In this article, we will list the top 6 roofing hazards roofers face daily.


  • Electrocution

roof and electric wires

Electrical shocks are the second-leading cause of death among construction workers, right after falls. As a part of their job, roofers can come into contact exposed power lines, and most of the time they are vulnerable to this because of their unawareness of these hazards in the work environment. This can easily be avoided by simply inspecting the environment and exploring potential electrical hazards and power sources.


  • Heat Stroke

Worker on a building construction site

Working on roofs exposes roofers to the weather. If they do not take appropriate breaks and stay hydrated, they can subject themselves to heat strokes and/ or other heat illnesses. If left untreated, a heat stroke can actually lead to death. You can identify a heat stroke by looking for the following symptoms;

  • Severe headache
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Lack of sweating
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Having trouble breathing

If you or one of the workers around exhibit one or more of these symptoms, it is important to do the following, in order to prevent the body temperature from getting higher;

  • Go to a shady cool place 
  • Get the body temperature down using damp sheets and a fan
  • Take a cool shower
  • Rehydrate, but avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages 

If the symptoms do not improve within an hour, make sure to contact a doctor. 


  • Fatigue and Back Pain

tired Worker with hands on his face

Roofing is not an easy job, it can be really tough and tiring. Being tired can lead to fatigue, back pain, and lots of other symptoms which can all be avoided by taking proper breaks and being careful. Otherwise, the margin of error increases and accidents happen more often.


  • Tars And Chemicals

A roofer with a gas burner and a roll of tar paper

In addition to volatile chemicals, roofing contractors deal with tar that is heated up to 525 degrees. If they were not abiding by safety regulations, they can face severe damages and burns.


  • Unstable Surface

Worker on a ladder on the roof

Roofing contractors do a lot of climbing ladders up and down, Steep slopes, loose shingles, and ladders that are not properly secure, all pose as potential hazards that could cause falls and/ or injuries.


  • Lack Of Safety Equipment

technician wearing safety gear installing new generation photo-voltaic solar panels on roof

Safety should always come first, especially in a job that is dangerous like roofing. A decent roofing company would take all precautions to make sure its workers are safe. There are several types of equipment that should be present in the workplace, and we have mentioned them in this article, make sure to check it out


  • Improper Training

Carpenter Pointing On Roof Beam While Standing By Colleague

Improper training, or lack thereof, can be fatal for roofing contractors. All of the dangers and hazards mentioned above can be easily managed and avoided, provided that the roofers receive proper training.

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