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Compensation for Injuries Caused by Extreme Temperatures in the Roofing Industry


While fall-related risks are obvious in the roofing industry, roofers also face serious threats from extreme temperatures. If you have suffered an injury caused by extreme temperatures while working as a roofer, you might be wondering whether you qualify for workers’ compensation in Tampa. This form of compensation can cover your medical expenses and missed wages – providing you with access to healthcare treatment and enough time to heal.

Torch-Applied Roofing 

Many roofers are familiar with the extreme temperatures associated with torch-applied roofing. The technology is relatively straightforward: Roofers use specialized torches to apply roofing materials, providing a reliable “seal” against the elements. But while the technology behind this method is very effective, it can also be highly dangerous.

These torches can emit temperatures that exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Burn and fire-related risks are obvious, and many roofers suffer serious injuries while working with this equipment. In many cases, accidents occur because roofers are not adequately trained to use this equipment. In other situations, accidents are truly unpreventable – even when employers closely follow safety guidelines.

There have been numerous reports of accidental fires sparked by roofing torches. Often, workers are not aware of these fires until it is too late. Combined with the baking hot sun in Florida, torches can be especially dangerous.

 Sun Exposure Hazards 

Speaking of the Florida sun, this burning ball of gas presents its own set of risks – even in the absence of torches and other equipment. While working on roofs, you may have zero protection from the heat and radiation emitted by the sun. While a torch might emit temperatures of 2,000 degrees, the sun’s surface is about 10,000 degrees. Although our sun is far away, it can still cause serious injuries and health issues for workers in Florida.

Many workers experience heat exhaustion and related injuries while operating on roofs. Without access to hydration and shade, roofers may eventually faint. In worst-case scenarios, roofers fall from heights after fainting – suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries as a result. However, heat exhaustion can prove fatal even if roofers never fall.

Various Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation 

As a roofer in Florida, you should know that you can file a workers’ compensation claim for a wide range of injuries. Although falls are common in this industry, they do not represent the only possible reason for a workers’ compensation claim. All work-related injuries qualify – and a lawyer can help you pursue compensation with confidence.

Find a Qualified, Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Tampa 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Tampa, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured workers throughout the Sunshine State – including roofers. We understand how dangerous this job can be – and we know that fall-related hazards are only one potential cause of injuries. To discuss your options for compensation in more detail, feel free to book a consultation at your earliest convenience.




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