We've come a long way in a decade.
As a rule, we're operating more safely and smarter, and we have
some encouraging data to support this. We know, for example, the
number of claims from falls involving CNA-insured roofing
contractors has declined from 262 in 2002 to 63 in 2011. That's a
huge improvement, which, by the way, was occurring long before the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided to change its
fall-protection rules. Sixty-three falls still are way too many,
but we're learning more about the nature of the falls, most notably
that falls from ladders are more of a problem than we might have
There is a similar trend with fire-related claims thanks in no
small measure to the CERTA
training program that now has seen about 20,000 applicators go
through full-day training courses.
The picture, of course, is not all rosy. Injuries related to
material handling continue to be a problem. Traffic accidents have
ticked up, with some serious claims stemming from distracted
drivers sending text messages. And our industry's demographics
don't help; older roofing workers are more likely to be injured on
the job than younger ones—and we now have more older...
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