Roofer Injury Claim *
Accidents at work * are a common occurrence which can lead to people sustaining injuries. Accidents can happen in any industry but some employees are more at risk than others. Working as a roofer may be deemed high-risk profession due to the height which they are expected to work at – as these people would be at a greater risk of falling from a height. There are also other factors which can lead to the occurrence of an accident in this industry such as the type of roof and the weather conditions at the time. All areas of this job can be dangerous, such as maintaining, building, cleaning or demolishing. It is important that the correct precautions in place in order to reduce the risk of accidents involving roofers. It is up to the employer to ensure that all health and safety regulations are being followed.
If you were injured in a roofing accident * and have decided to make a claim it is important that you determine who is liable for the accident *. In most cases, it is found that it is the employer who is responsible for the cause of the accident * due to either negligence or a breach of the duty of care. All employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. They have certain duties in relation to ensuring that all health and safety regulations are followed and that all employees are made aware of the potential risks associated with their job. They are also required to carry out frequent risk assessments on the job which is to be carried out so that they can determine if it is safe to complete the job. It also helps to eliminate any potential hazards. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 outlines the duties of an employer.
- Providing employees with the correct training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Ensuring there are precautions in place to reduce the risk of an accident occurring
- Ensuring that employees are aware of accident prevention measures
Many accidents at work * are found to be caused as a result of employer negligence due to not following the duties which are set out for them. Employees also have a duty of care to both themselves and their co-workers to ensure that they do not act negligently while at work as this can lead to an injury which they may be found liable for.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Work at height) Regulations 2006
These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of those who are required to work at a height. They state that it should be avoided if possible but if necessary, employers have a duty of care to ensure that the work is carried out in a safe manner using the correct equipment and tools. It is important that all roofers have received the correct training and are provided with the correct safety and protective equipment. There are certain requirements that must be met in order for the work of a roofer to be considered safe.
- The work should be correctly planned and organised
- Equipment must be maintained to a high standard
- Appropriate tools and equipment is used
- Risk are minimised prior to the commencement of work
- Breaks and Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Concussion
- Damage to the spine and back
- Internal injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the legs and feet
Lack of training
This is the leading cause of many roofer accidents * and due to the level of risk that is associated with working at a height, it is important that all employees are trained and capable of carrying out the job. If employees are not trained it can lead to injuries * to both staff and members of the public which the employer may be found liable for. It is important to note that employees are expected to attend any training that is provided to them by their employer.
Inadequate protective equipment (PPE)
PPE helps to greatly reduce the risk of workplace accidents *. PPE is required in most industries and should be provided by the employer. Protective equipment includes hats, gloves, footwear, clothing and facial protection.
Lack of Safety Equipment
It is important that a roofer is provided with safety equipment in order to stop them from falling. This equipment includes ropes and a safety harness which should be correctly secured. There should be frequent maintenance carried out on equipment such as ladders and tools also. Inadequate safety equipment can increase the chance of an accident and may make it harder for the work to be carried out.
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