Ladder Injuries, Accidental Fall Statistics Among Reasons Not to Try DIY Roofing
When Popular Mechanics' "expert DIY guy" lists roofing as one of the top five "don't do-it-yourself projects," it's worth noting. And when "Ask the Builder's" nationally syndicated newspaper columnist (and DIY enthusiast) Tim Carter joins suit in talking homeowners down from the roof, it's time to put away the ladder and pick up the phone.
Relying on a reputable, professional roofing company to install your new roof or just tackle your roof repairs is the best decision to save you time, hassle and the potential added expense if DIY repairs result in leaks. Most importantly, leaving roofing jobs to the pros saves you the very real risk of serious injuries, and even death.
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 165,000 Americans require medical treatment for ladder-related injuries each year. Based on a 1990-2005 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. that number is escalating. During the course of the study, from beginning to end, the number of reported cases in which Americans were hurt in incidents involving ladders climbed by more than 50 percent.
Other ladder-injury findings from the study:
- More than 2.1 million people sought emergency treatment in the United States for ladder-related injuries.
- Of those injuries, almost 10 percent resulted in hospitalization or transfer to another hospital.
- The most frequently reported injuries were fractures.
- In cases in which the location where the injury took place was recorded, 97 percent happened at home.
- In nearly 77 percent of the cases, the injured party was male.
Accidental Fall Statistics
Roofing jobs, of course, require lots of time up and down ladders. Even if you're fortunate enough to avoid a ladder-related injury, a fall from the roof itself can happen.
According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Falls were the leading cause of nonfatal, medically treated injuries in the U.S. every single year from 1997 through 2007.
- The majority of reported falls occurred in
or around the home.
- Falls were the cause of 38 percent of nonfatal, medically treated injuries in 2007.
- From 1997 to 2007, 71 percent of fall-related injuries resulted in at least a trip to a doctor's office or clinic.
- Of that 71 percent, 56 percent were serious enough to necessitate a visit to an emergency room or the use of an emergency vehicle.
- Between 2004 and 2007, accidental falls accounted for almost 25 percent of all reported fractures.
The risk of serious injury in a fall increases, of course, as the height off the ground increases. Falls during roofing jobs can be catastrophic, disabling people for life, or even ending lives.
Here are some sobering statistics to encourage you to think twice before making that climb to your roof:
- The Home Safety Council says that falls are "by far the leading cause of home injury deaths."
- Accidental falls killed 20,823 people in 2006, according to the CDC. That's more people than the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena seats.
- A 2009 article from the Mayo Clinic listing men's top 10 health threats names falls as one of the leading causes of fatal accidents.
Risking injury or death taking on roofing jobs in the hot Florida sun simply isn't worth it. Save time, save your body, save your sanity and make sure the job is done right by putting your trust in a company that has earned the praise of Florida homeowners and business owners with:
- Top quality products and installation
- Friendly, professional service
- Seasoned, certified tradesmen
- Licensed, bonded, insured
- Warrantied materials
- Affordable prices
- Member of the Better Business Bureau
- Member of the National Roofing Contractors Association
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