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ROOF FALL FATALITY

Window fitter dies after fall from house roof

A workman has suffered fatal head injuries at a property in Kenton, Newcastle after falling 10m onto a concrete patio. The deceased is thought to be a builder sub-contracted to install windows as part of a loft conversion project. HSE is investigating the incident and a spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the incident and are conducting an investigation. Inspectors have been out on the site since we were informed. Part of the investigation will look at the conditions at the scene and whether scaffolding was in position while work was being carried out.”

Comment: Falls from height during work on domestic properties account for 30% of all fatal falls reported to the HSE Construction Division. Major projects account for around 17% of such deaths. It is therefore not surprising that HSE continue to search for more effective ways of influencing such smaller builders working on domestic extensions and refurbishment projects.  

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