Whilst working at height should be avoided wherever possible at work, if you’re employed as a roofer one thing is for certain – you had better have a head for heights. Roofers work to repair and replace roofs and usually spend the majority of their working day up a ladder or working on a roof at height. This puts them at risk of serious injury if they fall from the roof, and it could mean they are eligible to claim roofer injury compensation if the worst happens and they are injured. Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims and we’ve helped a number of roofers claim compensation after an accident at work.
Have you been injured at work?
With strict health and safety procedures in place, most roofing accidents can be avoided. However there are some companies who are negligent when it comes to health and safety, and if you believe your accident at work was somebody else’s fault, you could claim roofer injury compensation. Here are a few of the most common accidents that could affect roofers:
- Fall off a roof, for example where there are no guardrails in place or safety harnesses provided to prevent serious injury
- Falling through a roof light which has not been clearly marked or covered
- Falling through an unstable roof onto the ground below
- Falling from unstable or collapsing scaffolding
- Being struck by objects falling from height, for example off the roof or scaffolding
- Slip, trip or fall at work
So what should your employer be doing to ensure your safety at work? Whilst they can’t prevent work at height from occurring, they should ensure risk assessments are carried out before roof projects take place, and that any scaffolding is erected by a qualified contractor. They should also provide safety equipment such as guardrails and safety harnesses, to reduce the risk of injury if you fall from a roof.
Has your employer been negligent?
If you’re a roofer who has been injured at work, and you feel your employer could have done more to keep you safe, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500? You might also wish to report your injury to the Health and Safety Executive, who may carry out an inspection at your workplace and suggest any health and safety improvements that need to be made. It’s free to call us and get no-obligation advice from one of our advisors, but there is a three-year time limit in place for personal injury claims. So don’t miss out – call today.
Date Published: September 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton