Sadly, roofers account for 25% of employees killed in falls from heights. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a roofing accident, our specialist injury solicitors at Graham Coffey & Co can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact our team today on 0161 200 2440.
An employer's responsibilities
While working on a roof is dangerous, it can be made relatively safe if appropriate measures are taken by employers. The duty of an employer is the same whether you work for a large firm or you are assisting one roofer on a job. The employer should:
- Provide appropriate training for working at heights and job-specific tasks
- Make adequate assessments of the site
- Make sure the right equipment is used (for example, a scaffold, crane or cherry picker may be necessary for work at substantial heights)
- Check the site for hazards
- Conduct physical inspections
- Take proper action for minimising risk where hazards are found
- Provide waste chutes or other safe means of moving material to the ground
- Provide adequate fall protection such as nets, edge guards and harnesses
- Provide appropriate equipment, footwear and clothing
- Provide a suitable work platform and a safe way to transport materials onto the roof
The majority of roofing injuries occur when a worker falls through fragile roofing material such as asbestos. Injuries also occur when materials are thrown down from the roof or when a worker is getting on or off a roof. Additionally, roofers often suffer from lifting injuries as they twist, stretch and strain to carry awkward materials.