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Lessons from accident
Safety in working at fragile
I nclined Asbestos Roof
A.K.Singh, Chief Manager (F&S), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd,Mathura Refinery
FALL FROM INCLINED ASBESTOS ROOF
• Date of Incident & Time: 23-12-06 at 08:10 hrs
• Brief Description of Incident:
An accident took place of a contractor workman in a
refinery causing severe head injury. He was laying
telephone cable at the roof top of Maintenance
godown, when he fell down due to collapse of
asbestos sheet from the top of the roof (Height about
CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT
Accident was due to inadequate use of the fall
protection system while working at height.
The possibility of falling from height had increased
further due to decaying condition of the asbestos
sheet on the roof at some places.
The main bottleneck was that there was no place to
anchor the safety belt in an inclined asbestos roof.
• Proper safety procedure to be followed
for preventing such incidents.
• To use roof ladders (special type
ladders designed for working on
inclined asbestos/corrugated roof)
• Basic principle is the distribution of weight of
workmen to a large area thereby eliminating
• The saddle rests over the AC sheet
preventing the ladder from sliding down.
• The ladder can be fixed with clamps and the
workmen can tie the lifeline of safety belt to
the ladder and move around a distance of 03
meters from any end of the ladder.
• Roof ladders are light-weight and exclusively
meant for use on roofs.