Continuing in my series on the most dangerous occupations in America is the nation's fourth most dangerous job: Roofers.
With a fatality rate of 40.5 per 100,000 workers, roofers face an extraordinary risk of occupational injury. Because height is an inescapable hazard of the job, the odds of suffering critical injuries and accidents are much greater than in other occupations.
In addition to falls, however, they suffer burns, electrocutions, chemical exposures, and hoisting accidents. Deaths and injuries have been significantly reduced as a result of better safety training and stricter guidelines in the use of guardrails, harnesses, and other systems.