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Work-related burns among roofers, Oklahoma, 1988-2006.

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Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma State Department of Health, 2009 Jun; :1-4
Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) conducts private and public sector surveys to provide comparative numbers and rates of occupational injuries/illnesses and fatalities in Oklahoma. Based on annual numbers of lost workday injuries, the ODOL creates an annual Most Hazardous Industries list. Roofing contractors are among the most hazardous industries. Roofing work is strenuous, heat stressful, and dangerous. In one common form of commercial low slope roofing, built-up roofing, hot tar and overlapping layers of tar paper are used to build a leak-proof roofing system. Hot tar can be pumped from a kettle or tanker on the ground to a hot lugger on the roof, or transferred by bucket and ladder to the roof. Depending on the specific type and manufacturer, the boiling point of roofing tar can reach 650 degrees F to 1,000 degrees F; application temperature of roofing tar ranges from 330 degrees F to 444 degrees F. Since liquid tar is hot and slick, roofers are at high risk of slips, falls, burns, and hazardous materials exposure. Roofers' burns commonly result from splashing while operating hot tar kettles, slipping or tripping while carrying a bucket of hot tar, or falling into hot tar. Most roofers' burns are not life-threatening, but they do cause serious physical pain, psychological trauma, and economic loss.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-practices; Age-factors; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Sex-factors; Racial-factors; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Burns; Personal-protective-equipment; Tars; Seasonal-factors; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Construction-workers; Construction-industry
Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
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Cooperative Agreement
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
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Work-related Burns among Roofers, Oklahoma, 1988-2006
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division