Roof Industry Injury Statistics

Injury Statistics For Roof Falls

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Injuries and Fatalities

Twenty-four states had more fatal injuries in 2011 than in 2010. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia had fewer fatal workplace injuries in 2011 compared to 2010. Four states saw no change between the two years.

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]

Fatal occupational injuries by major event, 2011

Fires and explosions ............................................... 3%
Exposure to harmful substances or environments ..... 9%
Falls, slips, trips...................................................... 15%
Contact with objects and equipment ....................... 15%
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals .... 17%
Transportation incidents ......................................... 41%
Total ...................................................................... 4,693 in fatal work injuries

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]


Fatal falls to lower level by height of fall, 2011

In 2011, falls to lower level accounted for 553 fatal work injuries. Of those cases where height of fall was known, 57 percent involved falls of 20 feet or less

Height of fall (in feet) Percent of fatal falls to lower level
Less than 6............................................................. 10%
6 to 10................................................................... 11%
11 to 15................................................................. 14%
16 to 20................................................................. 12%
21 to 25................................................................. 6%
26 to 30................................................................. 8%
More than 30.......................................................... 21%
Unspecified ............................................................ 18%
Total ...................................................................... 553 in fatal work injuries

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]