Dangerous for obvious reasons
Logic clearly dictates the dangers involved in performing manual labor high up in the air. You do not need to use your imagination to understand the likelihood of serious injury should you or a hired hand take a spill off that roof. There are simple standards and procedures roofers can follow in order to minimize those risks but at the end of the day the fact remains that you are risking your life every time that ladder gets climbed.
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Construction Injury Statistics
With all the dangerous jobs in the construction industry it is hard to believe that falling from a roof accounts for one third of all fall related fatalities a year. The likelihood of death is much higher for a variety of roofing contractors including smaller establishments and Hispanic work forces. Those working in the roofing industry are three times more likely to die from a work related accident then any other laborer. The inherit dangers are quantifiable and clear; the consequent questions you need to ask yourself are fairly simple to identify. How much risk are you are willing to take in order to fix that leak yourself? How much you are willing to pay someone to complete the job properly and safely? How much of a discount makes it worthwhile to risk a roofer losing his life on your roof, holding you liable for the damages because they were uninsured?
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