Fatal skylight falls are thankfully very uncommon but sadly a few people have lost their lives because they have fallen through a skylight on a roof they have been working on. Roofers are used to working at height but it is still very important to ensure every roof they work on is properly assessed and made safe to work on before any such job is carried out.
When accidents happen the first thing to follow from this will be the requirement to check whether the accident could have been prevented. The Health and Safety Executive will conduct an investigation to discover the circumstances of the accident to determine whether anything could have been done to prevent it happening. In some cases negligence will be discovered to be the reason why the accident occurred.
How can fatal skylight falls happen in the first place?
Every job working on a roof will be different to any other. Many different roof types might need maintenance or repair work at one time or another. In some cases a roof might need replacing. However, if a roof is fragile it is more likely that a risk assessment will identify a need to work from underneath the roof rather than climbing onto it as this might be safer.
Accident Advice Helpline has been involved in cases where someone has been involved in a fall, or a loved one has lost a family member because of a fatal fall of this nature. It is always harrowing to hear of such cases and there is every need to consider whether a compensation claim might be payable because of it.
Preventing such falls from occurring
Clearly the best course of action is to make sure such falls cannot happen in the first place. Roofing jobs will always involve working at height, which is why risk assessments and adhering to proper health and safety procedure are even more important than you may think.
Preventing these falls is clearly paramount. However, if you have lost a loved one in a similar fall within the last three years, we would encourage you to call us at Accident Advice Helpline now at 0800 689 0500. If you do this you can get in touch with a professional advisor who is well-trained in dealing with such cases. We may be able to take your case on and fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown