Roofer dies after falling from ladder in Darwen

Part of the ladder with Keith Jackson (inset) had been using

Part of the ladder with Keith Jackson (inset) had been using

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A ROOFER died after falling off a ladder while repairing a chimney.

Keith Allan Jackson was climbing down from the terrace house roof and was almost at the bottom when he fell to the ground and suffered head injuries.

The 65-year-old was pointing the chimney in Brandwood Street, Darwen, when the accident happened shortly before 10am yesterday.

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance after a doctor was flown to the scene by the air ambulance.

However, despite the paramedic’s best efforts he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police said a post mortem will now be carried to determine the cause of death.

It is believed Mr Jackson may have suffered a heart attack while he was on the ladder.

A woman who lives at the address where the accident happened said she was too upset to talk yesterday.

Michael Calvey, 18, who works near Brandwood Street, said: “I was absolutely shocked to hear someone has died.

“The poor man.”

A resident said: “I saw the ambulances but just assumed someone had been taken ill.

“I didn’t even realise any of my neighbours were having work done.”

Another resident said: “It’s just awful.

“I heard the man fell from a ladder and then suffered a heart attack.”

Mr Jackson, of Whitechapel Close, Bolton, was a self employed tradesman, who established the company Roofkraft in 1965.

It is thought he employed two members of staff.

A spokesman from Roofkraft, Bolton, said: “We are aware of the accident.”

Detectives from Blackburn with Darwen CID were called to the scene after it was reported a man had suffered serious head injuries in an industrial accident.

The Health and Safety Executive also attended the scene.

Lancashire police asked neighbouring Greater Manchester police to inform the family.

DI Mark Vaughton, who led the investigation, said: “We received a call from the ambulance service stating a 65-year-old man had been found with head injuries in the back yard of a house in Brandwood Street, Darwen.

“We quickly established the man who is from Bolton had been working at the property.

“At this time his cause of death still remains unknown, but I can say there were no suspicious circumstances.

“I also believe this man did not fall from a great height.

“The paramedics made a valiant effort to save the man who later sadly died.

“My sincere condolences are with the family.”

A spokesman for the HSE said: “The HSE is making inquiries into the incident.

“Making inquiries does not mean there is an investigation.

“It will be decided as part of the inquiries if the incident needs to be investigated.”

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2:18pm Wed 1 May 13

A Darener says...

Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event.
Leave them to grieve in peace.
Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace. A Darener
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4:34pm Wed 1 May 13

mrcool says...

A Darener wrote:
Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event.
Leave them to grieve in peace.
Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways. mrcool
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Wed 1 May 13

A Darener says...

mrcool wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event.
Leave them to grieve in peace.
Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.
I think that only applies to a company's employees. A one man band firm does not have to comply. If he was not using assistants then he was covered.
They couldn't have prevented a heart attack.
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.[/p][/quote]I think that only applies to a company's employees. A one man band firm does not have to comply. If he was not using assistants then he was covered. They couldn't have prevented a heart attack. A Darener
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6:51pm Wed 1 May 13

ghost of sceptic says...

mrcool wrote:
A Darener wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.
Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.
Would a scaffolding have prevented the poor man from having a heart attack. What a stupid pointless comment.
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.[/p][/quote]Would a scaffolding have prevented the poor man from having a heart attack. What a stupid pointless comment. ghost of sceptic
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8:07pm Wed 1 May 13

mrcool says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
mrcool wrote:
A Darener wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.
Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.
Would a scaffolding have prevented the poor man from having a heart attack. What a stupid pointless comment.
READ THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THE ARTICLE:

" A ROOFER died after falling off a ladder while repairing a chimney.

Keith Allan Jackson was climbing down from the terrace house roof and was almost at the bottom when he fell to the ground and suffered head injuries."

If he had scaffolding he might not have been straining himself going up and down ladders. Who knows if it might have saved him. I was replying to the comment asking why H&S were involved. It wasn't stupid and it wasn't pointless. Your comment was though. Fool.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Trust H & S to get involved doesn't help his family, he is still dead. They could well do without busybodies complicating a tragic event. Leave them to grieve in peace.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure it's H&S regulations that any work of this nature should be undertaken with the appropriate scaffolding etc. You call them busybodies but they are there to prevent such accidents. You can't have it both ways.[/p][/quote]Would a scaffolding have prevented the poor man from having a heart attack. What a stupid pointless comment.[/p][/quote]READ THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THE ARTICLE: " A ROOFER died after falling off a ladder while repairing a chimney. Keith Allan Jackson was climbing down from the terrace house roof and was almost at the bottom when he fell to the ground and suffered head injuries." If he had scaffolding he might not have been straining himself going up and down ladders. Who knows if it might have saved him. I was replying to the comment asking why H&S were involved. It wasn't stupid and it wasn't pointless. Your comment was though. Fool. mrcool
  • Score: -1

11:37pm Fri 3 May 13

robinjevansbnp says...

Health and safety dictates only that appropriate measures are taken to protect employees and members of the public. Scaffolding, despite what you may have been 'told' is not obligatory for many 'small' jobs. This chap had, on the face of things taken 'appropriate' precautions as there is a 'cat' / roof ladder present. If there was to be an 'inquest' then H and S have a statutory duty to make appropriate enquiries as it is there 'job'. Furthermore, falls from apparently 'lesser' heights can tend to be serious as reaction times are lessened.
Health and safety dictates only that appropriate measures are taken to protect employees and members of the public. Scaffolding, despite what you may have been 'told' is not obligatory for many 'small' jobs. This chap had, on the face of things taken 'appropriate' precautions as there is a 'cat' / roof ladder present. If there was to be an 'inquest' then H and S have a statutory duty to make appropriate enquiries as it is there 'job'. Furthermore, falls from apparently 'lesser' heights can tend to be serious as reaction times are lessened. robinjevansbnp
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Sat 4 May 13

Angusam says...

What a tragic accident, my heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends.
What a tragic accident, my heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends. Angusam
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