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Construction laborer dies from injuries received in a 33-foot fall through a skylight opening.

NIOSH 2000 Apr; :1-6
A 50-year-old laborer for a construction contractor died on March 30, 1999 from head injuries he received that day in a fall through a skylight opening. At the time of the incident, the victim was part of a two-man crew installing sealing tape on metal roof decking. The laborer stood, turned, and stepped through a skylight opening that had been uncovered in preparation for installing the skylight and roof decking. Co-workers called 911 and attempted to administer CPR. Emergency medical services arrived within five minutes of the incident, but the injuries sustained by the laborer in the fall were sufficiently severe to cause death within approximately two hours of the incident. FACE investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. develop fall protection systems and work practices that provide protection from falling through holes (including skylight openings) for all employees who work at heights of 6 feet or more above lower levels and provide training for all workers in the use of such practices and systems; and 2. consider installing skylight fixtures that are sufficiently strong to support at least twice the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may be imposed on the fixture at any one time. These skylight fixtures should be secured and marked to provide warning of the fall hazard.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Warning-signs; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofing-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99OK009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Oklahoma State Department of Health