Hispanic Laborer Killed When Struck By Falling Plywood on a Commercial Construction Site

Kentucky Case Report: 14KY008
Release Date: April 25, 2014

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On a clear windy Wednesday, around 11:50 a.m., a 24 year-old Hispanic laborer was helping his brother-in-law load trusses on the ground, when a gust of wind ripped an 8 foot by 4 foot sheet of plywood from another Hispanic laborer’s hands as he was handing the plywood to a co-worker 60 feet above on a commercial construction site roof. The co-worker on the roof tried to grab the sliding plywood by jumping onto it, but could not stop it. The co-worker’s life line prevented him from falling over the edge of the roof. As the plywood reached the edge of the roof the wind whipped it 30 feet from the building, striking the Hispanic laborer on the back of the head just below his hard hat. A crane operator witnessing the events unfolding immediately began blowing his horn trying to warn the laborers on the ground, but it was too late.

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