North Dorset is one of the prettiest counties in the UK. It’s full of chocolate-box, thatched cottages, each with their own unique design and charm. Thatched roofing is a specialised and skilled trade, and one that is in great demand in North Dorset. But it also has its own risks; those of working at height; and it’s why most years, Accident Advice Helpline deals with a number of North Dorset accident at work compensation claims launched by roofing thatchers.
The dangers of working at height thatching cottage roofs
Working at height is always dangerous whatever industry you’re working in. The dangers with thatching or re-thatching the roofs of cottages are basically twofold. In the first instance, there is the danger of actually sliding and falling off the roof. There is also a danger of falling through a weak or fragile part of the roof substrate.
Wearing and deploying appropriate PPE
Only experienced thatchers should be allowed on the roof of any building. If apprentices are being trained then it is absolutely essential that they’re accompanied by an experienced, fully qualified thatcher. An experienced thatcher will know only too well the necessity for wearing a harness and anchoring it to a sturdy point to arrest any fall, whether that fall is either through, or off, the roof.
The risk of respiratory disease
Thatchers also face another hazard, this time with the thatching material itself. The thatching straw can harbour tiny microorganisms which if inhaled can cause an inflammatory disease in the lungs. Although this is not fatal, if a thatcher develops an allergy, they should seek medical attention and find themselves an alternative profession.
The thatcher’s trademark
All established roof thatchers have their own trade mark. It’s usually some sort of bird or a wild animal, made out of thatching material, and installed on the roof. Look out for this next time you see thatched cottage.
Launching a North Dorset accident at work compensation claim
If you’ve fallen from height in your place of work and sustained a serious injury through no fault of your own you can enlist the help of Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with launching a personal, North Dorset accident at work compensation claim. But first, you might like to check out how much compensation you could be awarded.
Using Accident Advice Helpline’s HOW MUCH compensation calculator
The fastest and easiest way of evaluating any personal injury claim is to go to Accident Advice Helpline’s website, and use our HOW MUCH calculator. It’s very easy to find; you can’t miss it! Once you’ve found it, simply answer the basic questions it asks you about your injury, and you will be given your estimate within 30 seconds.
When you need help
The no win, no fee claim process we’ve developed here at Accident Advice Helpline is simple and user-friendly, and is recommended by Esther Rantzen; but should you need help, just call our free helpline from any landline on 0800 689 0500, or, if using your mobile, 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 15th September 2014