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Is roof painting dangerous?

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Roof painting is dangerous if proper safety precautions are not followed. Workers falling from roofs cause 39.9 percent of construction-related fatalities, according to a 2014 report by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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There are several precautions workers can take make roof painting as safe as possible. These include wearing appropriate footwear that has good traction, avoiding working on a roof that is wet and keeping the work area clear of any tools or debris that could cause a worker to trip. On steeply pitched roofs, the worker may need to use safety equipment, such as harnesses, nets and guardrails, to avoid falls while painting.

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