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Carpenter dies after 13-foot fall through roof opening onto concrete floor, June 8, 1989.
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 89-41, 1989 Oct; :1-6
An evaluation was conducted of a 27 year old male carpenter who fell through a cut opening on a roof to a concrete floor 13 feet 4 inches below, sustained massive head injuries and died 6 days later. The victim had been employed for 2 months by a construction company which was building a shopping mall. The company had no designated safety officer. The job superintendent had conducted safety meetings in the past, but the last one was over a year prior to the incident. No safety training was offered by the company. The victim had climbed to the roof of the mall structure and removed the nails from one side of a plywood cover so he could drop an electric cord down to the floor where power outlets were available. He apparently knelt down and leaned into the opening with the plywood cover resting on his back in order to look for someone to plug in the cord to an outlet. While kneeling the victim either lost his balance or the weight of the plywood pushed him head first into the concrete floor below. It was noted that during planning for any job, consideration should be given to providing temporary power to locations where powered tools will be needed, that warning signs should be present on all roof covers, and that the company should develop and implement an active safety program.
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