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    How can I reduce the risk of roofing accidents?


    Carrying out DIY jobs is often a simple task; it could be anything from changing a light bulb to changing a washer or handle. However, some DIY jobs hold more of a slip, trip and fall risk. One such risky task is roofing, during which roofing accidents can be fatal.

    Why is roofing a fall injury risk?

    The obvious reason why roofing could be deemed a fall injury risk is the sheer height at which you are working. Except if you are working on a bungalow it is likely you are at least two floors up in the air which means that any type of slip, trip or fall off the roof can cause severe injury.

    How to lessen the risk of sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury?

    There are several things you need to remember in order to reduce the risk of a slip, trip or fall whilst carrying out roofing jobs. Firstly, make sure the equipment you are using, whether it is scaffolding or a ladder, is sound and sturdy. The last thing you need is it collapsing and you sustaining a nasty fall injury.

    Also, make sure you know what you are doing. If in doubt, get a friend to help or someone who knows about roofing. If you make a mistake, not only could you sustain a painful fall injury but it could cost a lot of money in repair bills to rectify your error.

    Finally, be careful, don’t let yourself be distracted whilst on the roof and make sure your footing is sure and firm to avoid having a slip, trip or fall. If you are aware of your surroundings you are less likely to become surprised about a bird suddenly appearing which could cause you to lose your footing and have a slip, trip or fall.

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    Roofing accidents and compensation

    Roofing can be a dangerous job due to the height of the work and type of work. If in doubt, leave it to the professionals; as long as you get someone legitimate in you can sit back and relax in the knowledge you are not risking sustaining a fall injury and the job is being done properly.

    If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could make a claim.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: SM Content

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