Roofing Contractors At Risk Of Skin Cancer According To Recent Studies

Roofing Contractors & Construction Workers

Roofing Contractors


Recent Studies show outdoor workers and roofing contractors are in high risk areas.

Australia has one of the highest cases of skin cancer in the world. According to statistics, 2 out of 3 Australians will develop a form of skin cancer before they reach 70 years old. Within Australia, 2,000 die from skin cancer each year, and 2,000 are being treated for it daily. Outdoor workers, especially roofing contractors as they work in unprotected areas with direct sunlight, receive 5 to 10 times the amount of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation compared to the average citizen. This means that a roofing contractor’s risk of developing cancer is monstrously higher compared to the average Australian.

The Study

A recent study done by Cancer Council Queensland, Curtin University and Queensland University Of Technology shows that people who work in the public sectors, farming and construction industry believe that they will develop skin cancer in the future. However, the numbers could be higher for industries such as roofing as they are among the most sun-exposed workers without any protection.

Skin Cancer Belief

Cancer statistics show that Australia, especially Queensland, has among the highest occurrence of skin cancer in the world. The threat is even greater for roofing contractors who toil all day working in the sun. What is even more disturbing is that at least 70% of the contractors believe that they will develop skin cancer in the future. Almost half of the number believes they already have skin cancer. Some have even had moles or spots removed out of such belief.

There Is A Need For Policies

The number of building industry contractors believe the statistics are shocking to say the least. It’s a pragmatic view and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. “This means that there is a need for a follow up on our workers not only for the mental health, but for actually making the workplace a safer place” quoted Trevor Bransden from Pro Build Roofing Brisbane.

Burden Of Responsibility

  • Policy Makers
  • Individual Contractors
  • Company Enforcement


There are policies set in place to protect the roofing contractors and construction personal. However, according to a study, nearly half of those policies are not enforced. The burden of responsibility for making each contractor safe lies in the protection of policy makers, individual workers and the workplace employers. Policies like readily available sunscreen, wearing of protective clothing and enough shade is important for the safety of the workers. Also, contractors need to be educated that they have a responsibility becoming “sun smart”. Lastly, each workplace should also be responsible enough to enforce these policies. “This is very important as the research shows that only half of the roofing contractors have sun protection workplace policies, and only half of those enforce those policies” added Mr Bransden.

Importance Of Sunscreen

Roofing Contractors Sun Protection

When it comes to protecting tradesman from the sun, policies should be set to cover as most grounds, or skin, as possible. Among the primary line of defense is putting on a sunscreen lotion. There is a belief that tradespeople have little care about lotions as it is a “woman thing”. This might be true at some point and, hopefully, in the future it won’t be. According to a non-scientific research, after educating a small group of contractors, the sunscreen lotions placed at the workplace are being snatched-up and there is a demand for more. The older workers were the first adopters as they have seen the evidence and heard some stories about skin cancer. To make the workplace safer for contractors, a policy should be set that sunscreen should be readily available and education in the roofing industry and other at risk workers should be mandatory.

Shade Protection

Providing enough shade for roofing constructors is another good way of protecting them from the sun. However, providing shade may be difficult, especially if the work involves high and wide spaces. Nevertheless, a policy should be set that enough shade should be provided in any way possible and as much as possible.

Exposure Limit

Another issue that needs to be dealt is sun exposure times. Australia receives one of the highest amounts of UV radiation. It is suggested that tradesman should limit to their exposure to UV peak times of the day. It’s been said that 10 minutes exposure limit during peak times is strongly suggested. For the summer months where UV radiation is at the highest in a year, 3 minutes exposure limit is also strongly suggested.

Protective Clothing

  • Long Sleeves
  • Wraparound Glasses
  • Cloth Neck Covers
  • Wide Brimmed Hats

Another line of defense that proves to significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer is clothing protection. The most important thing is that the men are wearing adequate protective clothing while working under the sun. For example, long sleeves and wraparound sunglasses should be a must. There is a newly designed cloth flap, which can be secured to a hard hat or a cap, that serves to cover and protect the back and shoulders is also strongly suggested.

Companies At The Sun Protection Forefront

According to Mr Bransden, “I have learned about the skin cancer issue from the office in the past. While I know that sun exposure is really an issue here in Australia, but what shocked me is the high percentage of workers believing that they will get skin cancer in the future or think they already have one. This is a cause for concern as quality work can only be achieved if the contractors put 100% of their efforts to their work and that includes physical and mental effort. We never neglected this issue and placed it as one of our priorities. Now, we have company policies to ensure that our workers are only receiving safe amounts of sunlight. This is not an effort just to show that we care about our employees, it is also an effort to reduce future medical expenses that might be shouldered by the company. Its a win-win situation for our company and our workers”.


Skin Cancer is a real threat for both the roofing trade and other construction and building industries as they receive 5 to 10 times the amount of UV radiation compared to the average Australian. This must be addressed for the safety of everyone involved. Policy makers, individuals  and companies should set policies or make an effort to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Policies like mandatory sunscreen application and education, shade protection, exposure limit and protective clothing must be introduced. Recognition of companies at the forefront of sun protection, should be publicly recognized as this can motivate other companies to do the same.

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Brisbane’s Building Industry Booming

Demand For Building In Brisbane Music To The Ears Of Construction Companies

Building Industry in Brisbane Booming 2014

While Brisbane has been seen as an under performing real estate market for several years, research predicts that property prices will hit an all-time high towards the end of the year (2014). Brisbane’s building industry booming means new opportunity for property developers to take their trade to a whole new level.

Property Market Increase Continues

News about Brisbane’s building industry booming trends is spreading like wildfire. Data from a number of property market researchers shows that overall property market in this city has grown in epic proportions and will continue to do so throughout 2014 and 2015. This has seen a number of property investors rush to the relatively under-valued city to take advantage of highly competitive prices.

Luxury apartments claim a lion’s share of this market

According to research firm Colliers International, the first quarter of 2014 saw a surge in luxury apartments in inner-Brisbane. Of the 591 new house sales examined across 47 projects, the research firm confirmed that 25% were luxury apartments.

Prices have risen dramatically

Meanwhile analysts from social and economic market research firm Urbis anticipate that at least 45 new mega-projects will be ready for sale by December this year. The research firm also reported that the average weighted price per apartment has risen dramatically from $128,000 early last year to $665,000 in 2014.

Here are the average national dwelling values for different cities across Australia.

  • Darwin – 3.3%
  • Brisbane – 2.9%
  • Melbourne – 2.3%
  • Canberra – 2.2%


(Source: Allan Wargent

Brisbane is defying historical trends

Historically, property prices in Australia do not follow a uniform pattern. That is why you find that some cities tend to outperform others at any given time. Brisbane is currently viewed as the next property hub by a growing number of investors. Urbis associate director Jon Rivera says “The current property boom is revolutionizing the Brisbane market transforming it from an otherwise sleepy town.”

What could be the reason behind this?

Luke O’Dwyer, a property markets expert from Silverstone Developments attributes the strong growth of Brisbane’s property market to the fact that the city is the most affordable property hub as compared to other cities that lie in the East coast. People from as far as Melbourne and Sydney are moving into Brisbane because of its highly competitive property prices.

This phenomenal rise in activity by property investors should see demand of the homes that are currently listed for sale gather new momentum towards the last quarter of this year. This will in turn an upward pressure on property prices in line with the basic demand and supply rules of economics.

Allan Wargent Property Buyers firm has predicted the following growth in property prices in different cities:

  • Canberra – 1% to -4%
  • Perth – 0% to 3%
  • Melbourne – 2% to 5%
  • Brisbane – 2% to 5%


Why property investors are moving to Brisbane

Affordability is not the only reason behind the drastic increase in demand for property in Brisbane. One factor that has been linked to this boom is the insurgence of a large number of property investors from outside Queensland. Most of these developers have achieved significant capital gains in their investment of the past few years and now they have the financial muscle to buy a large number of homes in the relatively affordable areas of Brisbane.

Apartments in high demand

According to Andrew Roubicek, director of residential for research firm Colliers, apartments in the $750,000+ price range have always been in high demand. Apartments listed at a $900,000 range contributed to 17% of the total sales made. Further research findings from Colliers indicate that property prices in Brisbane have shot by more than 25% above the five year average.

Predicting 2015 and Beyond

Going forward, pressure for property ownership in this city is expected to reach fever-pitch. But as usual with most property market (historically), this pressure is expected to reduce towards the last quarter of 2015. The exponential demand for property in this region is expected to soften in 2016 as predicted by BIS Shrapnel research institution.

Opportunities for construction companies

Brisbane is about to take off and recent research findings point to a much stronger growth over time. Terry Ryder, a renowned property commentator is confident that this property market is only gathering momentum and we’re yet to see much more growth. Construction companies are being advised to invest in property that falls within a market price range of $700 to $1000 because this is the bracket where most demand falls.


The recent trend in demand for construction in Brisbane provides a fantastic opportunity for property developers to cast their nets wide. This also seems to be the perfect time to invest in this market.