A 59-year-old worker received broken bones after tumbling from a roof in Nottingham. An investigation by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the roofing firm responsible for carrying out maintenance work had not provided the safety netting that would have prevented this accident from happening. The employee had been working on a roof, over-cladding an asbestos cement sheet. Inspectors speaking to representatives of the firm discovered that they would normally install netting underneath the roof to stop these situations from happening. This had not happened, however, since the mezzanine beneath this particular roof was used to store tyres.
HSE officials considered the risk assessment strategy that was in place and found serious discrepancies, including the fact that the report had been undertaken by an individual who had not been suitably trained. The risk assessment was also lacking in any detail and did not reflect the actual conditions on the site. The HSE inspectors found out that the firm had contracted a local scaffolding company to install a perimeter edge protection around the building. However, there were parts of the roof that were not covered by this, meaning that workers were exposed to the possibility of falling.
Potential harm from a 10ft fall
Statistics collated from industrial accidents that occur throughout the UK each year reveal that falling from height is the biggest cause of deaths. This type of incident is also the second highest cause of serious injury. For these reasons, it is imperative that any risk assessment report outlines the danger areas within any workplace, and establishes what will be done to prevent accidents. A raft of remedies is available to ensure the safety of anyone working at height, such as protective clothing, harnesses, gangplanks, scaffolding and mobile towers.
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