Working on a roof, whether it is to repair it or replace it, obviously can be a potentially dangerous job. This is why roofers are trained so they know how to do the job properly and in a safe manner. The presence of scaffolding can help the job be much safer than it would otherwise be, and ensure that the risk of falling is far less than it would be too.
Roof repair accidents tend to occur where a lack of health and safety awareness has been present. Every job requires a risk assessment to be done to understand the potential dangers inherent with that particular roof. For example if a skylight is present there could be a danger that someone could fall through it. If this were to happen it might result in someone falling from height and incurring serious injuries because of it.
Are roof repair accidents common?
No – thankfully very few roofers or workmen will ever suffer accidents that occur as a result of working on a roof. This is because the proper health and safety rules and regulations are followed just as they should be. However, if these regulations are not followed and the employer is negligent in assessing the potential risks involved with a particular job, the chances of roof repair accidents happening become greater.
The team working at Accident Advice Helpline know first-hand of cases where such accidents have occurred. We have managed to win compensation for many people and it has made a big difference to their lives, especially where they have suffered potentially-serious injuries that have caused them to rethink their lives or change careers.
Staying safe on a roof
The aim is of course for accidents such as this to be preventable, which of course they are. By following risk assessments and health and safety law, you are able to assess the potential dangers and prevent them from becoming a big problem in reality. This means you can ensure you are able to enjoying working in this job without being in any undue danger.
Of course if you have already suffered an accident of this nature, it is wise to call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you possibly can. Call now on 0800 689 0500 free of charge if you have suffered an accident like this within the past three years. It could be the best call you make.