Is Working on Your Roof a Simple DIY Project?

Maintaining a home is expensive. So, it makes sense that homeowners look for ways to save money. DIY roofing is a tempting home improvement project, but you might be better off hiring a professional. In addition to not violating any roof warranty, be advised that roofing work comes personal injury risk. Sudden wind gusts, slick surfaces, or a pitch steeper than expected could have severe consequences.

Did you know that Roofers rank as the # 4 most dangerous profession in the United States?

Citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News tallied this list:

  • Logging workers
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  • Derrick operators in oil, gas, and mining
  • Roofers

Fatal injury rate: 41 per 100,000 workers
Total deaths (2018): 96
Salary: $42,100
Most common fatal accidents: Falls, slips, trips

Roofers are responsible for installing, repairing, and replacing roofs on homes and buildings. Their work involves taking roofing materials such as shingles, metal, or other materials onto roofs and securing them. Roofers generally must use ladders or other equipment to climb on top of buildings. The most common cause of fatal work injury for roofers is falling off roofs or ladders.

The balance of the top 25 most dangerous professions?

  • Garbage collectors
  • Ironworkers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Farmers
  • Firefighting supervisors
  • Power linemen
  • Agricultural workers
  • Crossing guards
  • Crane operators
  • Construction helpers
  • Landscaping supervisors

BLS Category: First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
Fatal injury rate: 18 per 100,000 workers
Total deaths (2018): 48
Salary: $52,340
Most common fatal accidents: Falls, slips, trips

  • Highway maintenance workers
  • Cement masons
  • Small engine mechanics
  • Supervisors of mechanics
  • Heavy vehicle mechanics
  • Grounds maintenance workers
  • Police officers

BLS Category: Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
Fatal injury rate: 14 per 100,000 workers
Total deaths (2018): 108
Salary: $67,600
Most common fatal accidents: Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

  • Maintenance workers
  • Construction workers

BLS Category: Construction laborers
Fatal injury rate: 13 per 100,000 workers
Total deaths (2018): 259
Salary: $36,000
Most common fatal accidents: Falls, slips, trips

  • Mining machine operators

As always, safety first. A professional roofer with the proper insurance keeps you safe and keeps you shielded from liability lawsuits.

Rainfall not channeled away from your home damages your roof, gutter, siding, foundation and top soil.

Care to proactively maintain your home? Guardian Gutters has been serving homeowners in Westchester and Putnam Counties for over 30 years. Our installation comes with a warranty on parts and labor.

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