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Roof tiles falling from height

Report ID: 677 Published: 1 October 2019 Region: CROSS-UK

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A reporter describes how a skip turned upside down at high level and the contents crashed down onto the pavement.

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A reporter saw a construction worker on the roof of a four storey residential property (five storey including the basement) lowering a mini skip full of roofing tiles to the ground. The skip was between the third floor and roof level when it turned upside down and the contents crashed down onto the pavement. Luckily, it did not hit a pedestrian or the other construction worker who was waiting for the mini skip on the road.

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Falling objects are a source of many injuries and fatalities on construction sites. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides general information about the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). It describes what an employer may need to do to protect their employees in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.

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