Working on roofs can be potentially dangerous if proper rules and regulations are not followed. A fall at ground level can result in injuries, to be sure, but a fall from a roof will definitely result in some unpleasant and possibly life-threatening injuries to contend with.
While the work itself may sometimes be relatively straightforward, the addition of height into the equation makes it a lot more challenging. This means there could potentially be a greater chance of accidents occurring. Building sites can involve working on roofs, but workmen might also be required to work on and repair roofs on other buildings as well.
Health and safety
We are all familiar with health and safety rules in the workplace – at least we should be. With approximately one quarter of all accidents related to roofing work being contributed to falls, it makes sense to ensure everyone is aware of the risks. Employees should receive appropriate training from their employers, not to mention suitable equipment for working safely.
A risk assessment should also be completed prior to any work of this nature being started. This will ensure risks are noted and steps can be taken to minimise the dangers those risks pose. This is a simple step, but it is one that can save lives. For instance, any loose materials being used on the roof should be safely positioned so they do not create a tripping hazard. Scaffolding and other items should also be used to ensure the risk of falling is greatly reduced.
A fall from height can completely change a person’s life from that moment onwards. Some people sadly do not survive. Those that do may find themselves contending with life-changing injuries that require 24-hour care and support. Even when someone can heal from their injuries, they may be left with problems they didn’t have before. They might also spend a considerable amount of time off work.
Accident Advice Helpline is well positioned to help you if you have suffered an accident of a similar nature in the past three years. When you call us on 0800 689 0500, you can find out whether there is a chance of making a claim for compensation via the no win, no fee* process. If so, you can be supported by a professional lawyer with appropriate experience in this field. Call us now and see where you stand.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead