Most of us feel our knees going weak whenever we see workers up on a roof repairing it or even completely replacing it. They don’t seem to be too bothered about working at height, and yet for many of us we couldn’t imagine being able to get even halfway up the ladder in the first place.
Of course all roofing work should be appropriately planned in advance. A risk assessment should be done to ensure all the proper procedures are followed. Scaffolding should be erected and workers should know exactly how to reach the roof and how they can stay safe when they are up there. If none of this happens, or if health and safety rules are ignored at some stage, there is the potential for someone to be injured through negligence.
Accidents during roofing work can be serious
The idea of falling off a roof is horrific. Clearly these types of accidents during roofing work are serious and they can have the potential to harm a person to a point where they may not be the same again. It is possible to break or fracture bones, to suffer head injuries and spinal injuries and potentially to develop injuries that may never completely heal.
Accident Advice Helpline is aware of cases where people have suffered long-lasting injuries. Since roofing work relies on a certain degree of fitness it is potentially the case that some people may not be able to work in that industry again.
How might someone be affected if they suffered an accident like this?
Clearly the outcome of such an accident could be very serious indeed. However, it is clear that appropriate preparations and proper adherence to all health and safety regulations can easily prevent anything like this from occurring. If the employer follows all the necessary obligations they have to fulfil their duty of care towards their employees, they can be sure of vastly reducing the odds that something like this could potentially happen.
Make sure you know whether you could launch a no win, no fee* compensation claim today by calling our team at Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively take the super-fast 30-second online test to get more answers. You could be closer than you think to finding out whether you have a strong case to make a claim with our help and assistance.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown