Unfortunately, a roof fall accident is one of the most common types of industrial incident reported in the UK. Whenever work is undertaken at height, there can be a temptation to cut corners. Employers should really ensure that safe scaffolding is erected or mobile towers are deployed. But where the emphasis is on getting a job done as quickly as possible, workers might be persuaded to clamber up ladders. This is where accidents can easily occur, as people who are not secured properly lose their balance and end up falling.
If there is no safety harness, a worker can receive significant injuries when they strike the ground. When an employee falls, there will be other consequences too. If they happened to be using tools at the time, there will be a danger of these striking passersby or hitting the worker as they lie dazed on the ground, exacerbating their injuries. If a pedestrian happened to be walking beneath the tradesperson at the same time, they could be struck by the fall victim if they haven’t had time to take evasive action. Masonry or other objects might be dislodged during the incident.
The aftermath of a roof fall accident
If a person falls from an elevated position, they can consider themselves very lucky if they manage to walk away with just bruising. Depending on factors such as the height involved and the consistency of the ground surface, the worker will be far more liable to receive broken bones. This will inevitably result in being signed off work while the individual recuperates from the experience. There may well be sensations of anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Irrespective of the severity of the physical injuries, even if they were relatively mild, the psychological fallout can be particularly debilitating.
No-obligation advice you can rely on
If you have suffered a fall from a roof, you may well require a lot of recuperation. One thing on which you might have dwelled is the thought of claiming some form of redress for the trouble you have been put through. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can step in to provide all the no-obligation assistance you could possibly need. By dialling 0800 689 0500, you will be put in touch with compensation claims experts who have been looking into cases just like this for over 15 years. They might recommend a no win no fee* claim.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown