Working in the roofing business obviously comes with its potential dangers. The very nature of the business means workers will be working at height for much of the time. However, this doesn’t mean they have to constantly be at risk of things going wrong. Indeed, it makes the task of adhering to health and safety and working at height regulations all the more important.
Accident Advice Helpline has heard from people who have unfortunately experienced falls as a direct consequence of negligence being present in their workplace. Even when people work in all kinds of locations, every job should be clearly thought out and risk-assessed before it begins. This can help prevent many incidents that would indeed be preventable if the appropriate steps were taken.
What kinds of roofing work injuries might happen?
Roofing work injuries often involve falls that can potentially happen if the proper safety equipment is not in place. For example scaffolding should be erected to allow workers to safety scale the building and to work on the roof without risk of falling. In some instances safety harnesses will be required to ensure that if a person does fall, they cannot simply fall off the roof.
If negligence is found to have been behind an accident or fall of any kind, it can potentially lead to the company in charge being taken to court. One man suffered a fractured back and skull as a result of a similar roof fall, and he took many weeks to recover from his nasty injuries. As you can imagine, the fall could have resulted in a far more serious outcome than this.
Avoiding potentially serious or fatal injuries
Avoidance is always the best course of action. The main thing to remember is to perform a risk assessment whenever a new job is going to take place. This will ensure the proper health and safety and work at height rules are followed and that all conceivable safety measures have been thought of and put into action.
If this was not the case in your situation, and you have suffered injuries within the last three years as a result of a roof fall, call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. One call to 0800 689 0500 is totally free and it could lead you towards a no win, no fee* compensation claim very soon, so call us now.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown