About six years ago, I was waiting at the San Francisco International Airport to catch a flight home to Washington, D.C., when the unthinkable happened. Outside the terminal window, thick black smoke and flames could be seen coming from a plane in the distance. It was the crash of Asiana flight 214, and all activity at the airport stopped. As it happens after all airline-related accidents, there was considerable investigation and discussion of how to institute measures to make a repeat occurrence preventable.
Because of such diligence, we have come a long way. During the 1950s, air travel was so new and so risky that vending machines in airports would sell you life insurance for 25 cents, but over the years sales have dried up largely because of the general safety of air travel. Your chances of dying in a plane crash are roughly 1 in 3 million flights, and the overall trends continue downward. During 2017, there were zero commercial passenger jet fatalities.
Now, imagine if there were a plane crash everyday somewhere in the U.S. What do you think would happen?
Well, opioid deaths in the U.S. equal a commercial jetliner crashing into the side of a mountain every 24 hours.
The Centers for Disease Control issued a report stating 130 people per day die from opioid overdoses. And according to the Insurance Information Institute, the lifetime odds of dying by falling from a ladder or scaffolding are roughly 1 in 7,300. Your lifetime odds of dying in a car crash are 1 in 572. Death from opioid use? One in 96. The death rate from opioids is rising so dramatically the overall U.S. life expectancy is in decline with those born in 2016 expected to live longer than those born in 2017.
NRCA is working on this issue internally, developing materials and resources for contractors and their employees to battle this crisis and taking steps to address the overprescription of these potentially fatal drugs.
The association also is taking the early steps of creating, essentially, an industrywide health insurance company. By having our own insurance products, we can establish measures to prevent overprescription of addictive pain killers and implement injury treatment options specifically targeted to the roofing industry. We also can have targeted drug treatment efforts to help those who may be addicted.
In addition to seeking better health outcomes, the expectation is that by banding together as an industry, we can drive down premiums and deductibles compared with what you currently are paying. And with ever-skyrocketing health insurance costs, this is something the roofing industry desperately needs. The average cost of health insurance is approaching $20,000 per year for family coverage and $7,000 for single people. We believe we can lower those average costs, and we are laying the foundation now. If you are interested in learning more about NRCA’s health insurance plan, email Rich Trewyn at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NRCA also is hearing from its members about the need to be more fully engaged within the career and technical education community and collaborate with industry and national partners. And recently, NRCA and the Roofing Alliance partnered with SkillsUSA as an Official Business Partner. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industries working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. Ultimately, we believe this partnership provides multiple opportunities for the roofing industry to expand its outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to not only establish roofing as a core curriculum within schools but also to also enable NRCA members to address the workforce shortages they facing. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Alison LaValley (email@example.com).
Additionally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t urge you to book your tickets for one of the best conferences NRCA hosts … our annual legal seminar. Join us Sept. 18-21 in New York City for NRLRC’s 40th Anniversary Seminar, and you will receive more than 13 hours of in-depth information about current legal, safety, technical and business issues you won’t find anywhere else.
You’ll also learn from some of the roofing industry’s brightest experts and return home with at least five great new ideas you can implement immediately. You can register at www.nrlrc.net or contact Anne Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the office.
This month, we welcome two new One Voice partner members: The Garland Company, Cleveland, and Topps Products Inc., Canton, Miss. We appreciate their support as we work to unite our industry and address the most critical issues and concerns with one voice.
And a friendly reminder to follow NRCA on social media—it’s the best way to stay connected to your association and industry.
All the best until next month,
New members in May: 49
From June 1, 2018 to May 20: 616
Total membership: 3,853
(as of May 20)
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