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Truck driver killed after falling through unprotected skylight.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2007 May; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20032571
Abstract
On February 3, 2006, a 44-year-old male truck driver/crane operator was killed when he fell through a 3 x 8-foot unprotected corrugated fiberglass skylight that was approximately 1/8 to 3/16 inch thick. The decedent was delivering roofing materials to a firm contracted to re-roof the southwest section of a warehouse. He climbed a ladder to the roof and spoke with three roofing contractors about placement of the roofing materials. For reasons unknown, the decedent stepped over a roof parapet wall onto the low-sloped metal warehouse #2 roof that was not near the area where the roofing was to occur. One of the roofing contractor employees warned the decedent of the skylights on warehouse #2 roof. The decedent took several steps and then fell through a skylight that was flush with the roof. He landed on the concrete floor 20 feet below. The business owner called 911. Emergency response arrived and transported him to a local hospital. After evaluation at this hospital, the decedent was transferred to a second hospital where he died. RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive accident prevention program that includes, but is not limited to, job site hazard surveys and worker training in fall hazard recognition. 2. Building owners should install protective guard over skylights to prevent falls through skylights by maintenance or other personnel who may access the roof.
Keywords
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Equipment-operators; Construction-workers; Ladders; Warning-devices; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Emergency-response; Training
Publication Date
20070517
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-114529
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-06MI006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
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