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    FATAL ROOF FALL INCIDENT

    Roofer falls through roof on industrial estate

    A roof worker has died when the roof on which he was standing gave way beneath him on an Industrial Estate in Penryn, Corwall. The man was rushed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but pronounced dead after he arrived. The police and HSE are investigating but have not released any further information.

    Comment: This looks like another fall through either a fragile roof (e.g. fibre cement) or fragile rooflight. We are aware of 5 (five) such deaths in 2008 that have occurred during construction work. This represents some 10% of all construction worker fatalities during that period. The proportion of such deaths appears to be rising again despite the clear advice on precautions when working on fragile roofs.

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