Hispanic Construction Worker Wearing Fall Protection Dies after Falling 40 Feet from Roof
New Jersey Case Report: 09NJ099
Release Date: October 15, 2012
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A 51-year-old male Hispanic construction worker died after a 40-foot fall from the roof at an industrial warehouse construction site. On the day of the incident, the decedent was installing corrugated metal roof decking. He was wearing fall protection equipment, which included a harness and a retractable lanyard connected to a metal anchor device. The anchor was attached to the unsecured leading edge of the corrugated decking. When the victim fell off the roof, the force caused the anchor to break free and the victim fell approximately 40 feet to the ground.