CPWR—The Center for Construction Research & Training—held a webinar entitled "A Discussion with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers."
The nearly hour-long discussion with representatives from the United Union of Roofers & Waterproofers was about how workers of all trades can stay safe while accessing and working on roofs.
It was part of the ongoing Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, which aims to eliminate fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and other sources by encouraging employers to plan ahead, provide appropriate equipment, and train workers for fall safety.
Moderator Chris Trahan Cain, CIH, executive director, CPWR, was joined by panelists Richard Tessier, director of Safety & Curriculum Development, and James Currie, Master Trainer & Subject-Matter expert.
Tessier and Currie answered questions from attendees on topics ranging from equipment to rules and requirements to rescue and fall protection.
Tessier began his career in the roofing industry in 1984. Currie started in the 1960s.
"I started roofing before the OSHA Act was even passed," Curried said. "The evolution, the equipment changes, safety culture and development—I've seen it all."
In 2019, falls to a lower level caused 401 fatalities in the construction industry—a 25% growth from 2018, according to CPWR.
Of those 401 fatal injuries, roofs were the primary source of 146—a 28% increase from 2018, according to CPWR.
To view the webinar, click here.