Working at height can be dangerous – in fact falls from height are responsible for the majority of workplace fatalities. So roof construction accidents are not uncommon, but there are ways that the risks of being involved in an accident can be minimised.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 states that work at height should be avoided wherever possible. Obviously, in the case of roof maintenance or construction, this isn’t going to be possible, so you need to ensure that your employer takes steps to keep you safe whilst working at height. This could mean providing workers with harnesses to minimise the chance of roof construction accidents occurring. Or it could mean fitting edge protection and guards to holes in the roof to prevent anyone falling through. Roof lights pose a particular risk to those working on roofs, although in the event of new roof construction, these are less likely to be an issue.
It’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are safe at work, and if you have been injured in an accident whilst working on a roof, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation if your employer has been negligent.
Has negligence occurred?
We talk about ’employer negligence’ but what does this actually mean? Anything your employer does (or fails to do) which puts its employees at risk could be deemed as negligence. For example, failing to provide harnesses or other safety equipment to minimise the consequences of a fall from height, or failing to train staff working at height in safe working practices could be deemed as negligence. If your employer has been negligent and you have been injured as a result, there’s a good chance you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Make a claim today
Don’t sit around waiting and wondering whether you could be compensated for your pain and suffering – contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you’re eligible. We have been in the personal injury industry for over 15 years, and during that time we’ve helped hundreds of customers to claim compensation after an accident at work. We could help you too, if your employer has been negligent. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service which means you don’t need to worry about expensive upfront legal fees. So why not get in touch today and find out if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown