Clark Roofing has had ZERO injuries of any type since we began roofing in 1987 thanks to our Roofer Safety Program — ongoing training, and the awareness and sensibility of each and every Clark team member to prevent accidents and injuries.

To that end, expert safety trainer Cody France of Lone Star Safety spent the week at the Clark Roofing offices as part of Clark’s roofer safety program. This week’s focus was Fall Protection Competent Person Training:

  • ​Regulations relating to all fall protection topics
  • Fall hazard elimination and controls methods
  • Fall hazard surveys and fall protection procedures
  • Responsibilities of Competent Persons
  • Detailed inspection of equipment components and systems
  • Fall protection system assessments and determining when a system is unsafe
  • Fall protection rescue procedures
  • Selection and use of non-certified anchorages​​
  • Fall hazard survey​s​​​
The team from a local construction company joined the Clark team for all the sessions, which included in-depth classroom, on-site, and hands-on training.
Being a roofer, all of our projects and jobs involve extreme heights, and at times, very dangerous conditions. Our staff is well-trained in the use of all available safety equipment, applications, and OSHA requirements.
“Cody is an excellent instructor who is an expert at the tools of the trade,” said Clark Roofing owner Dakota Hansen.
The sessions covered many topics including fall protection, and rigging/sizing the required gear for harnesses, lanyards, connections, and tie-off points.
Roofer Safety ProgramWhile anyone can get suited up in a harness, it is critical that it is used properly at all times. This session got the most laughs from the trainees.
The four-day course totaled 24 hours.
According to the OSHA website, “An OSHA competent person is defined as ‘one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.’ By way of training and/or experience, a competent person is knowledgeable of applicable standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them. Some standards add additional specific requirements which must be met by the competent person.”
Why Safety Training and a Roofer Safety Program?

According to Lone Star Safety’s website, safety training reduces accidents and protects employees from injuries and illness, saving the company the cost of lost time, diminished productivity, and increased insurance premiums.

  • Training also assists in compliance with OSHA standards and decreases the chance of being cited and fined for safety and health violations.
  • Training in general increases employee job satisfaction, motivation, and morale.
  • Happy, motivated, safe, and well-trained employees are loyal employees, which means turnover goes down.
  • Employee training and development provides you with a pool of skilled and knowledgeable people who can move up in the organization and fill critical jobs and perform critical functions.
  • Training helps your organization ride the crest of technological change and innovation.
  • Well-trained, highly skilled employees are more efficient, productive, and creative.
  • Training helps you manage risks such as sexual harassment, workplace violence, and discrimination.
  • A trained workforce provides the human resources to expand into new markets and seize opportunities in a highly competitive and fluid global economy.
  • Training helps develop a positive organizational culture in which confident, knowledgeable, creative employees are poised to provide superior products and services to customers.

Check out the video of our 24-hour training for Clark’s Roofer Safety Program.

According to information published on February 2, 2021 on the IBEC website, roofing fatalities are not declining.

A report released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in December of 2020 shows that the number of roofing fatalities reported in 2019 was up 15% from 2018. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report showed that roofers accounted for 111 of 5,333 fatal on-the-job injuries in 2019.

This rise is especially concerning considering that in 2018, the roofing industry’s death rate was already 51.5 per 100,000, making it one of the most dangerous professions. The average rate across all occupations was 3.5 deaths per 100,000. Rates are also up among Hispanic or Latinx workers (13% higher, the highest it has been since this report started being produced in 1992). The number of fatalities in the private construction industry is up five percent from 2018, which is the highest it has been since 2007.