05 November 2014

Fragile roofs - Fragile lives

Fragile roofs - Fragile lives

A new short film has been released online on the dangers of fragile roofs, made by the CITB with the assistance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the co-operation of Working Well Together (WWT).

The ten minute film, 'Fragile roofs - Fragile lives', can be viewed below. It follows the "devastating effects" of falls through fragile roofs on four people and their families.

One of those followed is Paul Blanchard, who PASMA has worked with before through the Access Industry Forum. An interview we carried out with Paul can be viewed here.

PASMA has found fragile roofs to be a common cause of falls, and roofers are of course particularly at risk of falling. As recently as September, a roofing firm was taken to court for allowing its roofers to work without safety measures, and the HSE noted the lack of a scaffold. With the HSE considering scaffolding a “standard safety measure” for roofers in a case like this, it is vital that they are using the right type of tower and understand what makes for a safe one.

To find out more about PASMA's guidance for working safely at height, take a look at our Scaffold Towers section.

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