Learn to do a job safely before risking your own life

by Alex on July 25, 2014

9 people die every year from fragile roofs and several more workers are left disabled. When it comes to getting a job out on time when working on roofs, considering fragile surfaces before undertaking any work is crucial.

Those that are most at risk are workers in the building maintenance sector when carrying out small, short-term maintenance and cleaning jobs, often not considering the working surfaces.

Surfaces that need to considered before any work, and likely to be fragile are:

  • old roof lights;

  • old liner panels on built-up sheeted roofs;

  • non-reinforced fibre cement sheets;

  • corroded metal sheets;

  • glass (including wired glass);

  • rotted chipboard; and

  • slates and tiles


To avoid potentially fatal accidents, before work starts you should:

  • Make sure the work is properly planned in advance by a competent contractor

  • Make sure that a competent person assesses the roof using a safe system of work

  • Allow sufficient time to complete the work safely


This emotional video created by CITB demonstrates why it’s so important to take a few minutes to consider the risks and preparing your RAMS documents to suit the work your planning to undertake.


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