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Compensation Roof Injuries at Work

My employer has told me that although he insured against claims for construction site compensation, roof injuries at work are not covered in my case. I was wearing a safety harness which cracked four ribs, although it saved my life, but the fall was caused by faulty roof edge protection.

Question:

My employer has told me that although he insured against claims for construction site compensation, roof injuries at work are not covered in my case. I was wearing a safety harness which cracked four ribs, although it saved my life, but the fall was caused by faulty roof edge protection.

Answer:

When it comes to claiming construction site compensation, roof injuries at work often involve the most substantial compensation awards due to the seriousness of the injuries which are sustained from a fall from a height. Any fall from a height has the potential to result in catastrophic injuries, with this type of incident being the leading contributor to fatal workplace injuries in the UK.

It is for this reason that there is strict legislation governing health and safety measures which must be employed when roof work needs to be undertaken. Employers must provide workers with harnesses and must train them extensively on their correct usage, in addition to the provision of other health and safety measures such as roof edge protection.

Fortunately you were wearing your harness at the time of your accident, but this does not disqualify you from making a claim for compensation. Roof injuries at work may not be highly serious in your case; however you have suffered injuries which could have been prevented. A failure in the correct installation of the roof edge protection is a serious case of negligence. It is a vital health and safety measure to prevent fatal accidents from occurring, and that failure to provide roof edge protection could have caused you to sustain more serious injuries than cracked ribs or even to lose your life.

It is difficult to understand the rationale behind your employer’s statement about you not being able to claim compensation for roof injuries at work. One can only assume that he is trying to deflect attention away from serious lapses in health and safety standards. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) an employer must make sure that employees are protected at all times, and that risks to health and safety are kept to a bare minimum. All reasonable measures must be taken to reduce risk to an acceptable level, such as by ensuring that appropriate health and safety equipment is correctly installed.

Because one safety element functioned correctly, it doesn’t mean that compensation for roof injuries at work cannot be claimed. Your harness may have prevented a serious injury; however the roof edge protection should have stopped you from falling and sustaining your injuries. Such a critical element of health and safety equipment should have been checked before work commenced on the roof. The failure in installation and ensuring it was functioning correctly is a serious lapse in a duty of care to you, and constitutes negligence on the part of your employer. This means it should be possible for you to claim compensation for roof injuries at work.

Not only will your compensation for roof injuries ensure that your pain and suffering is adequately compensated and you do not have to suffer financially due to time off work, but by claiming compensation, roof injuries at work may be prevented in the future. You should speak with a personal injury solicitor for advice about claiming compensation for roof injuries at the earliest possible opportunity. The level of roof injury compensation you are entitled to claim will be calculated for your suffering and any psychological trauma you have suffered, together with any financial losses you have sustained as a result of your accident.