Workers falling from height is one of the most common types of accident in the UK likely to cause fatalities. A fragile roof light fall is a typical way in which this can occur. People who have been sent up to repair a roof light or work on a roof with roof lights should always have appropriate training and equipment. Any scenario in which employers are expecting staff to place themselves in a potentially risky situation should have been assessed beforehand for its risk factor.
Foremost among these considerations will be the roof itself. How safe is the roof? What material is it constructed from? Has it suffered any damage from exposure to the elements? How high is the roof? There are many factors to take into account which can help to prevent a fall.
Once the risk assessment has been carried out, the roof worker and their supervisors will be in a far better position to take the appropriate countermeasures. It might be more suitable to ensure that scaffolding is erected prior to commencement, and of course which areas of the roof are safe to stand on must be known in advance. Care should also be taken to ensure that no-one else in the vicinity will be exposed to the danger of anything falling.
Aftermath of a fragile roof light fall
When a worker who had been attending to a light falls through a fragile roof, the impact can be tragic. The height does not even have to be that significant before serious injuries can take place. These will be very likely to include bruising and broken bones. The damage can be far more serious if the bones that have been fractured are in the spinal column, in which case there is a real danger of paralysis. Head injuries are also troubling for medical professionals, as they could cause brain issues.
Would you consider compensation?
People who have suffered injuries at work are often find the prospect of compensation claims daunting. They might think of lengthy legal processes and court appearances. Accident Advice Helpline will make things much easier for you. By phoning us on 0800 689 0500, we will make sure that your details are referred to one of our qualified compensation claims solicitors for no-obligation representation if you have a good case. As well as calling us, you can also visit our website and use the 30-second claim calculator.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown