By nature, working on a roof is a dangerous occupation, responsible for a myriad of accidents at work. In fact, The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Working on roofs publication states that, ‘falls account for more deaths and serious injuries in construction than anything else and roofers account for 24 per cent – the biggest category of worker by far – of those people who are killed in all falls from height.’
Such shocking figures may suggest complex roof work, yet, the HSE goes on to state that not all of these one in five deaths are considered specialist roofers, with many ‘just repairing and cleaning roofs.’
Minimising roof-related occupational accidents
There are stringent laws in place to protect roofers and to minimise the risk of work-related accidents and injuries. The 1992 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations state that all roof work must be planned to promote health and safety for workers and in consideration of those who use the building that is under construction.
Beyond this, the HSE suggests that there are a number of ways to reduce the chance of a roofing accident:
- Ensure that all who are working on roofs are adequately trained, competent and instructed in use of the precautions required’
- Prepare a ‘method statement’ to help manage the roof work and inform the workers of precautions involved
- Plan and erect any safe access routes to the roof, using general access scaffolds or stair towers, for example, before work commences
- Use platforms underneath any fragile roofing, using marked covers or barriers to protect from any fragile roof-lights
- Install double guardrails and toe boards to prevent falls from any flat roof edges
Accident at work compensation claims
If you have sustained an injury due to an accident at work, and believe your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline – which now has years of experience assisting victims of accidents at work manage their compensation claim – can help you determine whether or not you have an eligible case and whether your claim is worth pursuing.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation, during which you can discuss the specifics of your individual case with a specialist, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice