Do you need to find out more about the dangers of skylights? Skylights come with many advantages and can help us bring more natural daylight into our homes. The sunlight brought to us by skylights helps us produce Vitamin D, which is great for boosting moods and energy. Skylights can help us reduce our reliance on artificial lighting and cut down our energy bills. However, those working with or around skylights can come to harm if certain precautions aren’t taken. Read on to find out more about the dangers of skylights.
Potentially fatal consequences
Working on a roof with a skylight can be dangerous. The roof being worked on should be risk assessed before work gets underway, and workers need to be given harnesses and other protective equipment. This will greatly reduce the chances of them falling through the glass. Hard hats are essential. Death can even result from falling through skylights if the drop is vast enough. Whilst employees are responsible for following guidelines around working at height, many people working near skylights have come to harm because their employer has been negligent and not because they themselves haven’t taken enough care.
All roofing work should be supervised, and workers should have received sufficient training so they can carry out the work as safely as possible. If you suspect you had an accident whilst working on or near a skylight because your employer failed to comply with health and safety regulations, you could be able to make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Falls from height are still the most common cause of work-related fatalities in the UK. You will need to make your claim within three years of the accident occurring, and it’s best to act sooner rather than later before memories become hazier. The dangers of skylights and working near them can include sustaining broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, back injuries, spinal injuries, crush injuries, facial injuries and death.
A no-win, no-fee* basis
We can also help you claim if a loved one has been killed after falling through a skylight and it wasn’t their fault. At Accident Advice Helpline, we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and you do not need any money to begin a claim with us. You can reach us today by calling 0800 689 0500 if you’re on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using your mobile.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice