Every property needs a roof, regardless of whether it is old, new, commercial or privately-owned. This means roofers are kept in business thanks to the vast number of jobs, both small and large, that have to be done. This could be anything from a whole new roof to repairing a small section of an existing roof. In every situation though, unsafe roof work should always be avoided.
Roof work naturally involves working at height. This has its own set of regulations that should be followed in order to minimise the number of occurrences where unsafe roof work comes into play. Such work can mean there is a heightened chance that someone could be injured – and in this case the injuries can potentially be very serious indeed.
Examples of injuries caused in unsafe roof work
The main danger is obviously the prospect of falling from a height. There should be measures in place that ensure a roofer cannot fall from a height while working on any type of roof. Scaffolding and barriers can usually be erected to ensure this is the case, while in some cases an unstable roof is better worked on from underneath. The prospect of someone standing on an unstable roof may also lead to a fall if the roof gives way.
The employer of the roofers working in any situation on any roof has a duty of care towards all those roofers. They must ensure proper measures are put into place to make sure the chances of injuries are as small as they can possibly be. A risk assessment will determine whether such things as roof lights are in place that could present a hazard if someone were to fall through them.
Loss of income
A roofer may sustain injuries in a roofing accident that could mean they are unable to work for an extended period of time. If this is the case there is a chance those injuries could lead to a loss of income for them. If their employer failed to take care of them on the job there would be a chance that someone could be injured as a result.
Money worries and severe injuries can be hard to deal with in such circumstances. Contacting Accident Advice Helpline might help discover whether a compensation claim could be made. Call free on 0800 689 0500 today to see if you can claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen