Roofer injury claims

Introduction

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out detailed information on how to safely carry out roofing work for those building, maintaining, cleaning, demolishing and inspecting roofs.

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Health and Safety

Before work commences each project should be risk assessed by the employer, as the nature of the precautions needed may vary from one job to another. An employer must require staff to adhere to suitable safety standards is essential even if the work only involves a brief inspection or minor adjustment to a television aerial.

Inadequate health and safety measures are likely to be strong evidence of an employers' negligence.

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Suitable equipment

Appropriate equipment should be provided at all times. This may include scaffolding, edge guards and safety nets. Some tasks may be carried out more safely by using a crane or cherry picker to gain access to the roof.

In addition to falls from the edges of roofs, accidents also occur where workers fall through gaps and holes in a roof, or through fragile roofs and skylights, and the risks apply to both flat and pitched roofs. Suitable scaffolding and other equipment should be used to protect roofers against these risks.

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Keeping the site tidy

Debris and other material should be removed from a roof through enclosed chutes or by lowering to the ground in containers. It should not be allowed to accumulate into piles which could fall, create trip hazards or put pressure on the roof, increasing the risk of a collapse.

Covered walkways or debris netting will also protect other workers from injury from any falling objects.

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Suitable training

Workers should be trained in the use of all equipment and processes they will be expected to use and adhere to. This includes the installation and use of safety equipment, and how to safely handle materials.

By law, employers cannot rely on staff ‘pick up safety on the job' and inexperienced workers must be under a suitable level of supervision of someone who has the necessary competency.

The appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should always be provided and should be worn by the worker. This would usually include hard hats and safety boots for general work, also safety glasses to protect the eyes from dust and other particles. Safety gloves may be necessary to protect workers using equipment such as blow torches or hot materials - bitumen for example - from burns and scalds.

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Lifting and handling

Injuries may be sustained by roofers who need to carry heavy tools, equipment and supplies. Working in awkward spaces may make lifting and handling techniques difficult, so risks should be assessed and safe handling practices established.

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Your employer's 'duty of care'

All employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

By following the procedures set out by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. an employer should ensure that the risk of his employees being injured is minimised.

Where the risks have not been properly assessed and identified and the necessary equipment, appropriate precautions and systems of work provided and correctly implemented, accidents may occur and the employer may be found negligent as a result.

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Roofing contractor claims

Claiming for compensation as a roofing building site contractor can be more complicated in some respects, but the company or other party responsible for managing safety on a site is held to many of the same standards as an employer and it is often still possible to claim compensation.

If you were injured as a self-employed worker or contractor, contact our team on 0800 612 7456 for more information.

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No Win, No Fee agreements and roofer accident claims

No Win, No Fee agreements, also known as CFAs or "Conditional Fee Agreements", form the beginning of the majority of claims.

A CFA details the work the solicitor will provide and the success fee. This will be the percentage to be taken from your total compensation once the case is successful.

You will be able to prioritise your rest and recovery, knowing that there will be nothing to pay at the outset. You have absolutely no hidden costs when choosing a Quittance solicitor.

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The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our work accident compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Meet the QLS team

The nationwide network of QLS solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of work accident claim, from short-term injury cases to serious, long-term injury. Our solicitors are selected for their track record in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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