What are the most common causes of accidents when working at height?
The most common causes of accidents arising from working at height are falls from roofs, falls through fragile roofs and falls through fragile roof lights.
Whilst the majority of working at height accidents take place in the construction sector, these accidents can also occur on roofs of factories, warehouses and farm buildings when roof repair work or cleaning is being carried out.
According the The HSE, the following surfaces are likely to be fragile:
- roof lights
- linger panels on built-up sheeted roofs
- non-reinforced fibre cement sheets
- corroded metal sheets
- glass (including wired glass)
- rotted chipboard
- slates and tiles
Fragile roof accidents are preventable and Premsafe can help protect you from falls from height with an approved fall protection system.