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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim as a roofer?

    Roofing is classed as a high-risk job and personal injury claims are common in this line of work, so if you are a roofer and have been injured at work, you may ask, ‘Can I claim as a roofer?’ The answer to this question is a resounding yes. As a roofer, the risk of accidental injury is high and our specialist lawyers are well versed in the processes associated with a claim for an accident while roofing. The biggest risk for roofers is that they fall from a height while working; this can lead to injuries including broken bones, paralysis and even fatalities. A sudden gust of wind may be all that is needed to send a roofer off balance and without the correct safety equipment and training supplied by the employer, the results can be life-changing.

    For an explanation of a roofer’s rights in light of an accidental injury, Accident Advice Helpline offers free legal advice via our 24/7 helpline. Our friendly and helpful staff are on hand to supply the information that you may need in order to initiate your claim for compensation.

    Potential hazards

    Other hazards that a roofer faces at work include the possibility of objects falling from a height onto them and also the risk of being caught off balance whilst carrying equipment or tools up a ladder, consequently falling due to the ladder toppling over. Handling injuries or physical damage due to lifting heavy equipment without assistance is also a real risk in the roofing trade. Some of the materials that roofers use include bitumen, which is potentially a very dangerous material and can cause serious burns if not handled properly and the use of a blow torch can also be dangerous for a roofer working at height. Correct personal protective equipment (PPE) consists partly of safety gloves, safety goggles or glasses, and protective long sleeves and trousers.

    It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that health and safety guidelines are strictly adhered to. Proper training must be provided for the use of all dangerous tools and safety equipment must be supplied, along with training on the use and wearing of the equipment. If you have had an accident as a roofer at work and it is because of insufficient training from the company that you work for, then do not hesitate to contact our expert law team at Accident Advice Helpline for further information and advice.

    A claim as a roofer should be pursued by the victim of the accident, but if someone you know has received an injury as a result of an accident while roofing, talking to our specialist law team will help them to take the correct steps and receive the rightful compensation to which they are entitled. All personal injury claims taken on by our law firm are taken on under our no-win, no-fee* policy. This helps our clients to start a claim without any further financial risk than is incurred by the accident. No money at all is required in order to initiate the claim.

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    Date Published: May 18, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.