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Journeyman roofer dies from 12-foot-fall from ladder.

NIOSH 1993 May; :1-3
On November 30, 1993 a 35-year-old journeyman roofer fell 12 feet from a metal and fiberglass extension ladder. The victim and a co-workers were finishing up the job-site after replacing the roofing material of a bank building. The workers separated an extension ladder into two halves. The lower section, with proper feet attached was positioned against a roof over the drive-in banking lanes. The upper section with rounded end caps was use by the victim on a small section of roof over an employee entrance. The victim completed the task on the small roof and returned with the ladder to the drive-in lanes and placed it against the roof and beside the ladders lower section. The victim then retrieved some tools and a bristle head broom and proceeded to climb the extension portion of the ladder. He was approaching the roof line when the ladder slid outward at the bottom. The victim fell with the ladder, striking his head on the end of the broom stick, and inflicting head trauma. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, then later transferred to a regional trauma center where he died the following day. The MO FACE Investigator determined that in order to prevent similar incidents employers should: 1. ensure that ladders are used in accordance with existing safety standards; 2. instruct workers that upper sections of extension ladders should never be used as single ladders; and, 3. train employees in the proper use of tools and equipment needed to perform their assigned tasks.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MO152; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health