Who Is Responsible When a Roofer Falls Off the Roof?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC June 21, 2023 Construction Accidents

Roofing is among the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry, with workers often performing their job duties at great heights and on sloped surfaces. Despite safety regulations and precautions, accidents can still happen. No matter how cautious you are, you may suffer injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Property owners, contractors, and manufacturers owe you a duty of care for your safety. If they violate this duty and cause you harm, you may seek damages from one or more liable parties.

The construction accident lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, know that the parties responsible for your roof fall may deny liability in a roofing accident. We fight to ensure that they are held accountable for your injuries by handling all aspects of your claim with the utmost diligence and care. With 65+ years of experience, you can trust us to work on your behalf and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Potential Causes of Roof Falls

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roofers had the third-highest occupational fatality rates in 2020 and 2021. Roofing falls may occur for many reasons, such as:

  • Inadequate training
  • Lack of proper safety equipment
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • General negligence
  • Manufacturing defects

It is the legal duty of the property owner, contractor, or manufacturer to ensure that roofers are given a safe working environment and proper training to prevent falls and subsequent injuries.

3 Parties That May Be Responsible When a Roofer Falls Off a Roof

In some cases, a roofer may file a personal injury claim against a third party responsible for their fall and resulting injuries. Potential parties that may be responsible for a roof fall include:

Property Owner Liability

A property owner may be responsible for a roofer’s fall from a roof, especially if they directed and controlled the work, or were aware of a dangerous condition or hazard on the roof. This can include failing to take action to correct a problem or warn a roofer of loose tiles, a slippery surface, or inadequate roofing materials.

Contractor Liability

A contractor can be liable for a roof fall if they fail to meet a reasonable duty of care to provide a secure working environment for the roofer. This can include:

  • Failing to provide proper safety equipment before a job
  • Failing to inspect the work site
  • Failing to adequately train employees
  • Failing to comply with safety regulations and protocols

If a roofer falls from a roof due to the negligence or otherwise deficient conduct of a contractor, they may seek legal recourse through a construction accident lawsuit to recover damages for their injuries, medical expenses, loss of wages/income and other damages.

Manufacturer Liability

In some cases, the manufacturer of roofing equipment or safety gear may be responsible if a fall occurs due to a defect. For example, if a roofer’s safety harness fails and causes a fall, a manufacturer may be at fault.

Contact the Roofing Accident Lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Contractors, property owners, and manufacturers all have a legal duty to provide a safe work environment for roofers and to mitigate the risk of a fall. If a roofer suffers injuries due to a fall caused by negligence, they may be entitled to damages through a roofing accident claim. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we can hold one or multiple parties accountable and pursue compensation for your losses, including going to trial if necessary.

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