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Contractor killed after falling through fragile roof on a farm

A self-employed contractor has died after falling through a fragile roof on a farm in the West Midlands. 

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Contractor killed after falling through fragile roof on a farm

The incident is believed to have taken place on May 15 in Staffordshire, West Midlands.

 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned the farming community falling from height is ‘one of the biggest causes of workplace death and life changing injury’.


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A spokesperson for HSE said: “Anyone who carries out work on a roof should have the right equipment, training, knowledge, skills and experience to work at height safely.”

HSE advice for working from height

  • Work from underneath the roof using a suitable work platform, such as a tower scaffold, or where this is not possible;
  • Use a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) that allows people to work from the MEWP basket without standing on the roof itself, or where this is not possible;
  • Before going on the roof, ensure that a safe system of work is in place and use the right equipment. All edges and fragile surfaces should be identified and controls put in place to prevent fails. Normally this will mean using measures such as staging with handrails, scaffold edge protection, a good access ladder or tower and trained people.

 

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