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An electrical worker dies when he falls through a skylight while installing solar panels on the roof of a warehouse.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2009 Sep; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20037043
Abstract
A 46-year-old electrical worker died when he fell through a skylight on a roof while installing solar panels. The victim was carrying solar panels and walking backwards because of the limited space around the skylight. As the victim was walking backwards, he tripped on the raised edge of the skylight frame and fell onto the skylight. The skylight glazing (the transparent portion of the skylight) broke under the impact and the victim fell approximately 40 feet to the ground below. Although the skylight label indicated that it was tested in accordance with OSHA fall protection standards, there are currently no uniform test criteria to determine material strength to withstand worker impact. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers of workers who install solar panels on roofs with skylights should: 1.) Develop, implement, and enforce a fall protection program to prevent falls through skylights.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electrical-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Protective-measures; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers
Publication Date
20090910
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-113169
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-09CA003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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