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Safety ladders and walkovers offer safe access to roofs

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An incident in which a man fell through an abattoir roof serves as a reminder of the value of safety ladders for safe access to roofs, and of walkovers to prevent people from falling through their more fragile sections. In this instance, the HSE reports that the married father of two was given a ladder […]

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‘No excuse’ for absent guardrails

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Falls from height remain one of the biggest workplace killers – meaning there is no excuse for an absence of guardrails on raised platforms, according to the HSE. In a recent incident report, the HSE explains that a Warwickshire man suffered severe injuries including a brain bleed when he fell four metres from a raised […]

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London roofer fined for lack of roof rails

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An incident in which four roofers were put at risk serves as a reminder of the need for roof rails, and of the HSE’s willingness to take punitive action even where no injuries are sustained. In this case, in July 2013, four employees were seen replacing the roof of a house in Hermitage Way, Stanmore, […]

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Injured pair ‘were not told’ about man anchors and walkovers

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Two men injured when the roof they were working on collapsed had not been given any instructions about where to secure man anchors, or the use of walkovers to cross the most fragile parts of the roof. In January 2014, the two Lichfield men were fitting an extractor fan on the partially completed roof of […]

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Walkovers can ensure safety during asbestos roof repair

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Walkovers can help ensure safety when two of the biggest construction health risks are combined – working at height and asbestos. Both have been high on the HSE hit list for many years, as falls from height are a major cause of injury and fatality, while asbestos exposure can have long-term health consequences. Now small […]

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HSE reports fall fatalities with no walkovers or guardrails

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Guardrails help to prevent falls from roof edges, while walkovers can provide a safe access route on fragile roofs – and while both reduce the risk of an injury, the most important purpose they serve has got to be preventing the death of a worker. In two cases reported in recent days by the HSE, […]

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Lack of ‘essential’ edge protection led to conveyor fall

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A ‘grizzly’ conveyor – with vibrating feeders to help sort the material passing along it – was not fitted with essential edge protection, which ultimately allowed one worker to fall from height, the HSE has reported. The unnamed worker suffered a fall from a height of about eight feet on May 2nd 2014, sustaining life-altering […]

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Edge protection essential even at ‘low’ heights

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A fall of 2.5 metres might not sound like a ‘low’ height, but that’s how far a single-storey drop can be, and the possible outcomes make it clear that edge protection is still an essential precaution on roofs at this height. In one incident reported by the HSE, a 37-year-old man was re-covering the roof […]

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Man anchor and roof rails may have prevented 5m fall

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A five-metre fall that left a man badly injured may have been prevented through a combination of roof rails and a man anchor or other such harness, according to the HSE. The incident occurred on January 30th 2013 on Dorset Road in Bromley, when a 22-year-old Lewisham man fell from the roof of a domestic […]

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Lack of guardrails left public at risk

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A man has been fined after the lack of guardrails on a construction site that was his responsibility left passing members of the public at risk. The Birmingham construction client failed to install adequate edge protection on a first-floor site, and with no guardrails, there was nothing to stop escaped objects from falling on to […]

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