Roofers and construction workers have a dangerous job and work from height on a daily basis. As there is such a high risk of injury when working from height, employers or contractors should have the appropriate safety measures in place to keep their workers as safe as possible. Workers should be provided with training and supervision where appropriate to ensure that they are carrying out the job in the safest way possible.
They should also be provided with an appropriate method to carry out the work based on risk assessments conducted on the site. Employers should carry out risk assessments and put control measures in place to protect workers from any potential hazards on the site.
Although roofers have a certain amount of responsibility for their own safety, employers also have a responsibility to ensure that workers have the necessary tools and training to carry out specialist work, such as roof cladding. Harnesses or functional lifting equipment should be used and equipment should be maintained to ensure that it is safe for use.
In addition, workers should be given protective head gear and clothing to reduce the risk of serious injury. If you have suffered roof cladding injuries due to failures in health and safety, you could be entitled to compensation for any accidents which result.
Potential health and safety negligence
If you have been working as a roofer and have suffered from roof cladding injuries, you may have been put at risk if there were health and safety failings. Your employer has a duty of care to you as their employee and should have the appropriate controls in place to protect you from falls from height and any other injuries.
However, if there was no training provided, the site was not assessed for risk or you were not provided with the correct equipment to carry out the job, you could be entitled to compensation for any accidents which are related to the failings.
Personal injury compensation
Should you be involved in an accident at work and there is evidence that someone else was negligent, you could make a personal injury compensation claim.
If you are seeking some advice on how to begin making your claim, our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist.
We offer no-obligation advice and a no win, no fee* service to our clients so get in touch to start your claim. To speak with one of our experts, call us free on: 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen