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Research: Construction Workers Take More Risks When Feeling Safe

Roofing contractor wearing safety harness and hard hat
Researchers say roofers are experiencing a false sense of security while working with robust safety gear due to a phenomenon known as risk compensation.

Roofers with more safety gear in place are actually more likely to engage in riskier behaviors, making the workers less safe overall, Caroline Delbert writes in Popular MechanicsFatal work-related falls increased 26% between 2011 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A team of civil engineering researchers at Virginia Tech and Clemson University suspected that roofers are experiencing a false sense of security while working with robust safety gear, according to Popular Mechanics

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