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Roofer/carpenter dies after 26-foot fall from roof, January 3, 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 89-22, 1989 Apr; :1-4
A 28 year old male roofer fell 26 feet, 6 inches from the roof of a newly constructed six unit condominium complex and died four days later. The victim was one of four employees of a roofing/aluminum siding company which has been in operation for 13 years. The company has no written safety policy or program, with training provided on the job. At the time of the incident the company had been hired to install felt paper and asbestos (1332214) shingles to the roof of a newly constructed six unit condominium complex. The roof was wet from dew in the morning, so the crew waited until it dried. After waiting 45 minutes and thinking it was dry enough, the men went to inspect the roof. The victim, stepping around a bundle of shingles on the ridge of the roof, fell to his hip and began to roll to the edge. He did not appear to slip, did not cry out and did not attempt to halt his fall. It was recommended that worker exposure to identified hazards should be limited and controlled, and that increased effort be made to develop new methods of fall protection which provide protection during all phases of the job.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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