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Fragile Roofs, Fragile Lives
Watch this video where four people share their experiences about the devastating effects falls through fragile roofs have had on themselves and their families.
Falls through fragile roofs and fragile roof lights cause death and serious injury. They account for almost a fifth of all the fatal accidents which result from a fall from height in the construction industry.
Almost all of these fatalities arise from construction work in some form or another, although not always on what might be regarded as a construction site, much of which work is minor and short duration.These accidents usually happen while
Everyone involved in this type of work, including clients, designers and contractors, should treat falls through fragile surfaces as a priority hazard.
If you need to work on or access a fragile roof or surface, no matter how short the duration, you must plan and manage the work to ensure it’s done safely.
You must provide the right equipment to prevent falls and ensure those using it have the right skills and experience to work safely..
These steps should be followed when considering work on or near fragile roofs and surfaces:
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