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Electrician's helper falls to his death through a skylight, April 18, 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 89-30, 1989 Jul; :1-11
A 39 year old male electrician's helper died after falling 16 feet through a skylight to a concrete floor. The victim had been employed for 9 months as an electrician's helper by an electrical contracting company that had been in existence for 21 years. The employer has a written safety policy and uses written safety rules and procedures. On the day of the incident, the victim was working with an electrician/foreman assigned to finish work on a 50 feet wide by 200 feet long building which was divided into two sections, one 20 feet high and the other 16 feet high. While preparing to leave the worksite, the victim was on the roof coiling a rope to return it to the storage area. He apparently tripped, stepped, or possibly sat on a 4 foot square smoke dome type skylight located near the work area. The skylight broke and the victim fell 16 feet to the concrete floor. It was recommended that skylight manufacturers and owners of buildings where skylights have been installed should voluntarily affix accident prevention signs on the skylights, and at or near points of access to areas containing these skylights. These manufacturers should review the design of skylights with a view toward increasing load capacities and/or incorporating safeguards.
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