As an industry, construction is amongst the most dangerous in which to work in the UK. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that construction accidents account for over a quarter of all reported cases of injuries at work in an average year.
Within construction, there are some jobs that stand out as particularly dangerous, like working on roofs. Further figures from the HSE reveal that roofers account for 24%, of people involved in fatal falls from height — by far the biggest category of worker.
How can I avoid accidents at work when working on a roof?
It is not all doom and gloom when it comes to roofing. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do in order to help minimise both the likelihood of accidents occurring and the severity of the subsequent injuries if they do.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 describe a hierarchy which should be followed by anyone planning to work at height. The regulations state that:
- Working at height should be avoided as much as possible. Things like inspections could possibly be done with cameras and poles, whilst questions should be asked as to whether cleans are necessary.
- Work equipment should be used to prevent falls from height. Things like edge protection fences should be erected, whilst work restraint systems should also be in place.
- If the risk of a fall cannot be eliminated altogether, then equipment should be used to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur. Nets, bean bags and harness systems can all be used to limit the impact and severity of accidents at work.
Those who are in control of the work projects must consider the wider picture and ensure that measures are in place to protect everyone on site, as well as those directly working on the roof. Secure means of entry and exit on the roof can go a long way to stopping accidents with roofing occurring.
What can I do in the event of an accident at work?
Providing the work accident wasn’t your fault, you may be owed work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm with years of experience in processing injury claims, so why not consult our expert legal team on a no win no fee* basis? Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice