Most people can imagine what roof work accidents might involve. Many of us couldn’t imagine working at height at all, let alone for a long period of time. While roofers may have a head for heights they still need to be safe at all times when performing roof work. If they were to fall they could potentially sustain some serious injuries. These can be fatal in some cases, life changing in others and only the occasional person will escape with minor injuries.
Clearly there has to be some kind of process in place to avoid roof work accidents occurring whenever possible. The employer is required to do a risk assessment on every job they have to do, and this needs to be done before work commences. If this doesn’t happen any potential hazards that might be present, either on the roof or nearby, could lead to an accident happening.
Falls from height, burns and being hit by objects
All kinds of things might potentially happen when roof work accidents occur. For example we tend to think of falls from height as being the most obvious. However, there are other things that can potentially happen too. Scaffolding must be erected properly to ensure it doesn’t collapse. Care should be taken to ensure nothing falls off a roof while it is being worked on, so people passing by below are safe from potential injury as well. In another example roofers often handle hot items such as bitumen or even blow torches. These can cause serious burns if they’re not handled properly.
As you can see there are various dangers in place here. Anyone who has suffered injuries by doing roof work that has not been properly planned might have a chance to claim compensation from their employer.
Contact the experts within three years
There are occasions when a roofer might suffer an injury, recover from it and then go back to work within a relatively short period of time. They may not think about claiming compensation.
There is a three-year window during which any claim should be made. If you want to go down this route make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline in a timely manner. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and you won’t pay anything to make the call. See if you can make a compensation claim today with our assistance by calling now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen