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Roofer falls to his death from a roof in Maryland, November 16, 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 88-07, 1988 Jul; :1-4
The case of a 41 year old male roofer who died when he fell from roof framing to a concrete floor 22 feet below was examined. The victim had worked for a roofing company with 45 employees for 2 years. There was a written safety program, and safety programs on videotape were presented to employees on days when weather or other conditions precluded work. The victim was working with a coworker to install roof decking panels on a new building. The victim was standing with one foot on a panel that had been installed and his other foot on one of the 1 7/8 inch purlins. He was pushing on one end of a 8 foot panel to force the tongue to engage the groove on the adjacent panel. The panel suddenly dropped into place, and this caused the victim to lose his balance. The victim fell through a gap in the framing, 27 feet to the concrete floor. It was recommended that employers should ensure that fall protection equipment is provided and used by workers. The use of a safety belt/lanyard combination or a safety net would probably have saved the life of the worker.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-88-07; Accident-analysis; Roofers; Work-practices; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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