Nearly 60 percent of construction worker deaths in 2014 were caused by falling, electrocution, getting struck by an object or getting caught in the wrong place -- what's called the "fatal four." Many companies respond to these risks by writing elaborate safety manuals, but sixth-generation roofing contractor Andy Wray says the real key is getting company leaders to buy into safety as the only way of doing business. Managers who practice what they preach will make a difference.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration advocates a three-point approach to fall prevention. It includes making sure that safety precautions are a routine part of job planning; providing the proper equipment for each project; and training workers on how to use equipment correctly.

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