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FALLS FROM HEIGHT WARNING TO HOME OWNERS

Two home owners die whilst carrying out their own building repairs

At a time when HSE report a rise in the number of deaths on small domestic building projects two homeowners have lost their lives whilst carrying out building repairs on own their homes.

Fall from ladder: Record producer and songwriter Clive Scott, aged 64, has lost his fight for life after a fall at his home in Ascot, Surrey. He fell from a ladder while working on roof edge guttering. He died in hospital after undergoing a brain operation.

Fall from roof:  A man has fallen from the roof of a house in Ormskirk, Liverpool. Police believe that Neil Brookes, aged 37, fell whilst working on the roof of the property which he owned. A nurse and paramedics tried to revive him but it was too late.

Comment: These two tragic events were at different ends of the country and involved a young and older man. It may be a sign of things to come as more homeowners, perhaps stretched by the recession, take on difficult and high risk home repair work. The deaths highlight the importance of ladder and roof safety whether at ‘work’ or at ‘home’.

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