Roofer dies from fall

A roofer died in 2016 as a result of an eight meter fall from scaffolding, highlighting the dangers of impromptu modifications.

Scaffolding is a necessity for most construction projects – be it to build the upper storey, put the roof on, or simply to apply a finish to the external facade.

There are however many dangers associated to erecting these temporary structures.

Every year, tradesmen die from working on building sites. In 2020, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reported 53 work related deaths across all industries in ROI, with 15 of those happening on building sites.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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