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MEWPS Working on roofs

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Working on a roof can be dangerous. Falls account for more deaths and serious injuries in construction than anything else and roofers account for 24% – the biggest category of worker by far – of those people who are killed in all falls from height.

Any fall from a roof inevitably involves at least a serious injury. The risks are substantial, however long or short the work. Many have been killed who only meant to be on the roof for a few minutes ‘to have a quick look’ or to carry out a small repair.

This leaflet is aimed at people who actually carry out roof work or are directly responsible for managing or supervising it. It sets out key safeguards, but more detailed information is contained in Health and safety in roof work HSG33.
Falls occur:
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from the edges of roofs;
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through gaps or holes in roofs; and
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through fragile roof materials and roof lights.
In addition, many people have been seriously injured by material falling or thrown from roofs.