No one expects their Workplace to collapse suddenly, but that can happen when a roof collapse occurs. Whether due to severe weather conditions, age or wear and tear, or even an unfortunate accident, a roof collapse can cause serious injuries or death. Employers need to be aware of the different types of roof collapses in the Workplace to take the necessary precautions to prevent them from happening.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are an average of 100 fatal roof collapses in the United States. While some collapses may be due to natural causes, such as weather conditions or age, many are avoidable mistakes made by workers and employers.
Roof Collapses at the Workplace
When most people think of roof collapses, they think of the catastrophic events that make headline news. However, several different types of roof collapses can occur in the Workplace, and many of them are far less dramatic but no less dangerous. In fact, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association, a staggering 1/4 of all workplace fatalities are caused by roof collapses.
There are four main types of roof collapses in the Workplace. Every kind of collapse has its unique dangers and risks. To stay safe, employees need to be able to identify these types of collapses and take the appropriate precautions.
The four types of roof collapses are:
- Sagging Roof Collapse
A sagging ceiling is a sign that the roof needs some repair. It can get caused by several things, such as water damage, old age, or poor installation.
A sagging ceiling is an unsightly and potentially dangerous problem in any workplace. If ignored, a hanging ceiling can lead to a collapse.
If you notice a sagging ceiling in your Workplace, take the following steps to address the issue:
1. Warn your coworkers/employer of the danger.
2. Evacuate the area immediately.
3. Call a professional to address the issue.
4. Do not return to the area until it has been deemed safe by a professional.
- Slipping Roof Collapse
A slipping roof collapse is a serious safety hazard that can occur when the roof of a building or structure begins to slip and move along the supporting walls. It can cause the walls to give way, leading to a complete collapse. Slipping roof collapses can get caused by several factors, including:
– Poor construction or design
– Poor maintenance or repair
– Extreme weather conditions
– Accidental damage
- Tilting Roof Collapse
A tilting roof collapse occurs when the roof of a building, typically a structure with a pitched roof, begins to fall inwards towards the floor. It can be caused by several factors, the most common of which is the roof’s supporting structure (beams, columns, walls etc.).
- Falling Roof Collapse
A roof collapse is a sudden and catastrophic failure of a roof system. Roof collapses can occur in any building but are more likely to happen in older, weaker, or poorly designed and maintained structures. A falling roof can cause severe injury or death to occupants of the building and severe damage to the building itself.
Roof Collapse Liability
Employers/Property Owners are responsible for the safety of their workers. It includes making sure that the premises are safe and free of hazards. When it comes to the roof, employers need to ensure that it is well-maintained and in good condition.
If there are any signs of a roofing problem, employers need to take action immediately. It includes repairing any damage and ensuring that the roof gets securely fastened. If there is an emergency, employers need to have a plan for evacuating their workers safe.
By understanding the above mentioned different types of roof collapses, you can be better prepared to protect yourself in such an event. If you would like more information or would like to book an initial free consultation, please visit us at DYS Law Group or give us a call at (213) 855-4749