Willis, great post !!
Those on the site for some time know what happened to me last year , but the new folks may not.
Last year October 2009, I was working the wildfires in So Cal.
26 October 2010, I was on a reinspection and me and the PA were on a 2 story roof, the ladder was short , we were close to vertical and had two people bracing the ladder
PA went first , as I came down the guys were distracted and let go and I tipped the ladder
I landed on a 4 ft chain link fence, broke my leg( compound fracture tore leg muscles and a nice pair of khakis) broke my pelvis,my jaw and fractured my skull.
I broke 4 of my ribs at the sternum( the PA said I stopped breathing and administered CPR) I since found out that ribs are commonly broken from extended CPR. ( I guess all PA's aren't all bad :-) )
I was in a wheelchair for 4 months, had 2 syrgeries, one to thread a rod through my leg bones so they would be stable while my torn muscles healed and I had a blood clot in my skull under the fracture site.
The point of this post is to tell new folks and even not so new folks that falling off a roof is a real risk and adjusters have and WILL die or be crippled , so take roof safety seriously.
I fell because the reinspection had already been rescheduled twice and I didn't want to reschedule for a longer ladder or a steep roof team and I almost lost my life, I chose to take a risk and make the climb unsafely
You can fall even when you are doing so safely , it only takes a moment
"A good leader leads.....
..... but a great leader is followed !!"