The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded employers to ensure that they have safe systems of work in place when working at height.
On average, one person dies every month at work after falling through a fragile roof or skylight and many others suffer permanent disabling injury. Contractors and building owners have a joint legal responsibility to ensure that construction, repair or cleaning is planned properly and carried out safely.
An HSE representative stated ‘If your company does not have the specialist knowledge for this type of work, it should not be attempted. Repairing a fragile roof is potentially high risk. Before work starts, ensure that a competent person assesses the roof using a safe system of work. All those carrying our the repair work must be suitably trained and supervised and follow a method of work based on a risk assessment’.
Similar advise exists for other work at height.
More information can be obtained from the Health & Safety Executive website.
Refix have recently been successful in our re-accreditation against the SAFEcontractor scheme, assuring our clients of our health & safety arrangements.