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Roofing Fatalities Up 15% in 2019

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February 1, 2021

A report released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in December of 2020 shows that the number of roofing fatalities reported in 2019 was up 15% from 2018. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report showed that roofers accounted for 111 of 5,333 fatal on-the-job injuries in 2019. This rise is especially concerning considering that in 2018, the roofing industry’s death rate was already 51.5 per 100,000, making it one of the most dangerous professions. The average rate across all occupations was 3.5 deaths per 100,000. Rates are also up among Hispanic or Latinx workers (13% higher, the highest it has been since this report started being produced in 1992). The number of fatalities in the private construction industry is up five percent from 2018, which is the highest it has been since 2007.

— Roofing Contractor,