Category Archives: Public Awareness

NRCA Joins Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Encourages Roofing Industry to Observe National Suicide Prevention Week

suicide-logos5-finalAccording to a July 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry is one of the most at-risk industries for suicide, ranking No. 1 in the number of suicides and No. 2 in suicide rate – nearly four times the national average among the general population.

A July 2017 article published in Professional Roofing magazine states roofing contractors, similar to construction contractors in general, have a large portion of their workforce composed of males between the ages of 25 and 45, which are the most at-risk demographic for suicide death, according to the CDC.

Sept. 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week, which is meant to promote awareness of mental health and suicide typically a taboo topic. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention offers resources on its website, including published articles, FAQs, posters to display in the workplace, and information and tips regarding how to plan an education session or suicide prevention summit, among other resources.

As part of its commitment to safety in the roofing industry, NRCA has joined the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a group of key industry organizations that are committed to promoting the safety and well-being of construction workers. Established by the Construction Financial Management Association in 2016, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s mission is “to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction with the goal of creating a zero-suicide industry.”

During National Suicide Prevention Week, NRCA encourages the roofing industry to visit the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and to share its messages aimed at building a zero-suicide industry at www.cfma.org/news/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4570&navItemNumber=4639

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STATEMENT: NRCA and United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Join to Support National Safety Stand-Down, May 2-6

This is a joint statement attributable to: William Good, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association, and Kinsey M. Robinson, International President of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

Silica PictureOn behalf of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (UURWAW) and National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), we are pleased to continue our annual support for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), taking place throughout the U.S. from May 2-6, 2016.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show 69 workers in the roofing industry died in 2014 from falls that occurred as they were doing their jobs. Those numbers reflect 69 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one―a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter whose death has left a void in the hearts of family and friends.

The National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project. NRCA and UURWAW encourage their members and all involved in the roofing industry to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down by delivering focused fall-protection awareness toolbox talks at the start of each day during that week and throughout the year.

NRCA’s Toolbox Talks regarding personal fall-arrest systems, skylight and roof openings, warning-line systems and ladder safety can be found at www.nrca.net/Safety-Stand-Down#toolbox_talks. In addition, NRCA and OSHA will co-host a webinar about roofing fall protection Monday, May 2.

Special materials developed by UURWAW about fall protection can be accessed on www.unionroofers.com/Stand-Down.aspx.

Let’s pledge to continue the efforts to increase awareness of fall hazards, not just that week but throughout the year so all workers are safe performing the critical, quality work they do and are able to go home to their families each day!

 

 

 

 

 

Contractors stay busy, especially now

NRCA’s CEO Bill Good recently provided his perspective on natural disasters affecting the construction industry as part of the recent feature “Roofwork: Contractors stay busy, especially now,” published in the newspaper Reading Eagle. The article highlights the hailstorm that struck parts of residents of Berks County, Pa. Good focuses on several factors that affect the construction industry’s market cycle. Natural disasters almost always lead to work for roofing contractors.

“If everybody’s home is repaired because of a storm, there’s no business until the next storm, and we don’t want that,” Good says.

Good believes natural disasters can create a lot of short-term business, but it’s not beneficial in the long run because disasters sometimes are followed by what Good calls “storm chasers,” people who show up after storms to fix damaged buildings.

According to Good, there are several ways to address this disruptive market issue. These include waiting for established professional roofing contractors to repair the damage rather than choosing someone going door to door. Good advises hiring a reputable contractor before making a hasty decision to get a roof repaired quickly. Tips for hiring NRCA roofing professionals are found on http://www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

To read the article in its entirety, click below.

 

National Roofing Week Children’s Art Contest Deadline for Entries is April 15!

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The deadline for submissions for NRCA’s second annual Children’s Art Contest is quickly approaching. Part of National Roofing Week, the contest promotes awareness of the importance of having a roof to grade school-age children, showing them the value of professional roofing contractors in their communities.

Open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of NRCA contractor members and their employees, entries must be received by the end of the business day, April 15.

NRCA encourages roofing professionals to talk to children about what they do as roofing contractors and why their jobs are important. This should not only give children ideas about what to draw, but also educate them about the value of roofing professionals.

Finalists from each group are selected based on the artwork that most effectively illustrates what a roof does. 

Winners are chosen from the following age groups:

Group 1: Grades 1-3
Group 2: Grades 4-6
Group 3: Grades 7-8

The winner from each group will have his or her artwork featured on all 2015 National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2016 International Roofing Expo® and NRCA’s 129th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner from each group.

For more information visit www.nrca.net/Art-Contest.

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Delta Exteriors Receives the 2015 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award for Its Support of Stray Rescue of St. Louis

NRCA member Delta Exteriors LLC, St. Louis, builds and repairs roof systems, but the company also is in the business of helping others in its hometown. For this reason, Delta Exteriors worked closely with Stray Rescue of St. Louis to help save abandoned and neglected animals to help ensure they also had a roof over their heads.

“It’s important to show what our values are,” says Rob Orf, owner of Delta Exteriors. “Everyone has a real sense of passion for Stray Rescue.”

This sense of passion led Delta Exteriors to donate $10,000 to support Stray Rescue of St. Louis and its mission. This donation will go directly to the shelter’s Stracks Fund, which is the shelter’s emergency medical fund. Because a majority of animals rescued require emergency medical care, this fund was created to specifically cover those medical costs.

In addition to the monetary donation to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Delta Exteriors created a marketing campaign that noted for every roof completed, Delta Exteriors would pay for the adoption process of an animal.

As a result of the generosity of Delta Exteriors, the company was awarded the 2015 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, which recognizes the good deeds of the roofing industry by honoring charitable works by NRCA contractor members for charitable works. As the first place winner, Delta Exteriors received a $5,000 donation for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, which was presented during NRCA’s Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held on Feb. 25 during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

The $5,000 donation from CNA will go directly into the Stracks Fund.

“When you rescue someone, none of these guys are cheap because none of them come in healthy,” says Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “But they all deserve that special second chance.”
Delta Exteriors contributions to Stray Rescue of St. Louis have helped enable the shelter to continue to make a significant, measureable difference for the dogs and cats in the city of St. Louis.

“Dogs make the world a better place,” Orf says. “You might go even further than saving a dog, to saving a person.”

Homeowners Hit by Recent Snowstorms Advised to Watch Rooftops to Avoid Roof Damage

Roof Repair After a Snowstorm

In the aftermath of the severe winter weather that has hit the Midwestern and eastern part of the U.S. in recent weeks, NRCA is encouraging homeowners to check their rooftops for heavy snow build-up and ice dams that can cause severe damage to a home’s roofs and gutters.

Ice dams are a problem with significant snow accumulations during extended periods of below-freezing temperatures. They form when roof areas become warm enough to melt snow, typically because of the combination of the insulating effect of heavy snow accumulations and heat loss from a home’s interior.

Inspecting a Roof After a Snowstorm

Ice damming can cause severe damage to a roof system.

Melted snow runs down the roof under the snow cover and refreezes along overhangs where the roof surface temperature is lower. The water from the melting snow becomes trapped behind the dam of ice and can back up under shingles and infiltrate the underlayment, leading to leaks in the home.

If ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove the snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. However, snow removal from a rooftop should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice pick, shovel or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings.  

NRCA strongly recommends contacting an NRCA professional contractor if the snow or ice cannot be safely removed from ground level.

To locate an NRCA professional contractor, homeowners can visit NRCA’s consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award – Deadline is Dec. 31!

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For the third year, NRCA has partnered with CNA, Chicago, to co-sponsor the 2015 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award.

The award program honors charitable works by NRCA contractor members. NRCA urges its contractor members to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. One winning charity will receive $5,000. Two honorable mentions each will receive $1,000. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2014.

Award submissions must include supporting information regarding the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required). In addition, a testimonial letter from the receiving charity should explain how the charitable work or donation helped its operations. Entries also should include any additional material, such as photographs, press clippings, video, etc. A panel of judges from CNA and NRCA will determine the winner and honorable mentions.

To submit and entry, click here to download and entry form. (PDF) Fill out the form and mail it with your supporting material to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o NRCA 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont IL 60018.

The awards will be presented during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, during NRCA’s 128th Annual Convention in New Orleans. For more information, contact Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at (847) 493-7548 or cnorgaard@nrca.net.

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