Roof props can be used in a variety of different situations including construction, fire & rescue missions, mining, and excavation. They are used to hold up both permanent and temporary roof structures. As such, they must always be properly installed and secured so as to prevent the collapse of sections of roof or roof-like structures.
What is a roof prop?
Quite simply, a roof prop is a piece of wood or metal that is ‘propped’ up between a wall and a roof in order to hold the roof up. Miners use hydraulic roof props which are designed as a tube within a tube which can be extended in order to put pressure on the ‘roof’ above in order to hold it up. The collapse of a roof prop can be fatal, and so it’s essential that proper safety procedures are followed at all times.
Safety tips for using roof props
- Thoroughly examine the condition of roof props before use – if you can see any noticeable damage to the prop do not use it
- Ensure that props are properly affixed to their manufacturer’s specifications
- Always wear a hard hat and metal-capped footwear when installing roof props or in an area where a temporary structure has been erected
- Never attempt to install roof props unless proper training has been given and proper supervision is available
- Never attempt to mend a roof prop that has developed a flaw – it must be replaced
What to do if you have been injured in an accident at work involving roof props
If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe at work. This includes providing you with the proper equipment, the correct safety gear, sufficient training and adequate supervision. If you feel that your accident was due to a lack of any of these elements, it may be considered employer negligence.
To find out more about what constitutes employer negligence and personal injury compensation, contact our expert legal advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping the victims of others’ negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, usually without the need for claimants to personally attend court.