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Construction laborer falls to his death from a roof in Ohio, December 7, 1987.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 88-08, 1988 Jul; :1-5
The case of a 26 year old construction worker who died when he fell 27 feet from the roof of a building under construction was examined. The victim had been employed for 2 years as a construction laborer by a small company specializing in the erection of prefabricated metal buildings. The victim was working with an eight man crew assigned to install roofing on a large prefabricated building. The crew began stretching a roll of heavy, reinforced insulation over the Z-purlins which formed the main supports for the roof. At the time of the accident the victim was standing on the walkway at the peak of the roof beyond the area where roofing tasks were being performed. The victim stepped from the walkway onto an unsecured panel which twisted and gave way, causing him to fall 27 feet through a gap in the metal bracing to the concrete floor. It was recommended that fall protection equipment should have been in place and used by the workers. Unused or unsecured construction materials should be stored only in designated areas.
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-88-08; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Roofers; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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