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Roofer helper dies following a 22-foot fall through a roof opening in Virginia, October 2, 1991.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1992 Mar; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00206932
Abstract
The case of a 21 year old roofer helper who died following a fall through of 22 feet through a roof opening was investigated. The employer was a roofing and sheet metal contractor which employed 80 workers, including 20 roofer helpers. The employer had a written safety policy, a comprehensive written safety program, and a full time designated safety officer. The contractor had been subcontracted to provide and install roofing materials on an addition to the gymnasium at a middle school. On the day of the accident five workers were placing insulating strips over the panels on the roof deck. The victim, after completing a task, approached the foreman and asked what was to be done at the plywood area. The foreman instructed him to wait because there was a hole in that area. The victim walked toward the plywood as the foreman continued his own task. The victim either intentionally removed the plywood from the opening, lost his balance and fell, or unintentionally displaced the plywood and tripped into the opening. He died about 17 hours later of a fractured skull and cerebral edema. It was recommended that the floor opening be guarded by a standard railing and toe boards or cover capable of supporting the load; and that a verbal and/or written examination be made to reinforce and evaluate the effectiveness of the safety training program.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-92-03; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Roofers; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19920327
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193713
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-92-03
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-92-03, 6 pages, 1 reference
State
VA; WV
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