Working on any roof is highly dangerous. Carrying out maintenance and construction work on a roof is a specialised task and only well trained and well equipped tradesmen should be considered for the job. If comprehensive health and safety precautions are not put in place then a fall is likely and falls from roofs are rarely mild accidents.
In fact, many serious injuries and fatalities result from falls from roofs every year. Accident Advice Helpline helps people who have fallen from roofs in accidents that were not their own fault. These are employees who have been injured whilst they are at work and they are claiming compensation from their employer. The employer has a duty to protect their employees’ health, safety and welfare whilst they are at work.
If you need help because of fall accidents in Wallsend, talk to Accident Advice Helpline about making a claim for compensation today.
Preventing fall accidents in Wallsend – providing safe access
It is very important to provide a safe method of accessing the roof. It is possible for fall accidents in Wallsend to happen before the worker has even reached the actual roof. Methods for accessing a roof can include:
- A general access scaffold
- A stair tower
- A fixed or mobile scaffold tower
- Some mobile access equipment
- Roof access hatches (accessible from inside the building)
Every job will have to be thoroughly risk assessed to ensure that the correct equipment for accessing the roof safely has been provided. Then it is necessary to provide training and supervision to make sure that the employees are using it correctly. All equipment must be checked regularly for signs of wear and tear and any problems have to be immediately rectified.
Falling off roofs
Once the workers are on the roof surface it is possible for them to fall off it. A properly secured ladder may be appropriate for some jobs but others will require scaffolding. Edge protection should be fitted to the eaves to prevent equipment and people rolling off the roof. Only specially designed roof ladders should be used for this type of work. If steps were not taken to ensure your safety regarding ladders, then you may be entitled to compensation for fall accidents in Wallsend.
Falling from a roof is not the only hazard – it is also possible to fall through a roof. Again, a thorough risk assessment will need to be carried out to assess the risk of this happening. It may be necessary to provide a platform underneath the roof.
For other construction or maintenance tasks, a combination of fall restraint equipment such as a harnesses or safety nets may be needed. It is important to treat all roof surfaces as potentially fragile until it has been shown to be otherwise by a competent person. There will be some parts of some roofs that are more fragile than others and these may need to be guarded.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim for compensation and you will be provided with an injury lawyer to work on your case.