AKM Fabrications


  • AKM Fabrications
  • Unit J, Buckshaw Link
  • Ordnance Way, Buckshaw Village
  • Chorley, PR7 7EL

Fragile roof fall shows how walkovers can protect newcomers


Falling through a fragile roof can be a catastrophic incident for workers with any level of experience, but walkovers may be particularly useful in protecting newcomers who are less familiar with a particular site.

Walkovers don’t just safely span weaker parts of a roof; they clearly demarcate the route to be taken, avoiding any skylights and so on; and they can also offer a flat walking surface on uneven roofs.

In one incident in August 2014, a 25-year-old man on his first roofing job fell through a fragile roof light on a farm building in Bristol, sustaining broken ribs, a spinal fracture and a brain injury.

His employer has since been fined £26,000 with almost £4,000 in costs.

Inspector Sue Adsett from the HSE said: “The young man who fell has had life-changing injuries which have severely affected him and his family.”

Clearly, any such incident is an avoidable tragedy, and experienced workers should also be safeguarded; but it serves as a reminder that injuries can be sustained within weeks of starting work.

Walkovers, edge protection and similar safety devices help to minimise risk on an ongoing basis, so first-time visitors to a site are not put at risk of a fall from height.