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working on fragile roofs
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Working on fragile roofs

Working on fragile roofs

If work on a fragile roof is not controlled it could easily lead to a fatality. So make use of our risk assessment document to help ensure your stay on the right side of the law. 

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with working on fragile roofs and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Working on Fragile Roofs. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”. 

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found when your staff work on fragile roofs. 

 

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