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Laborer falls to his death through a skylight opening, July 24, 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 89-47, 1989 Dec; :1-7
An 18 year old male laborer died after falling through a skylight opening 27 feet to a concrete floor. The victim had been employed as a laborer for 8 days by a roofing and metal fabrication contractor. The company employed 60 workers, and had no written safety policy or safety program. The company had been contracted to install foam insulation boards and single ply rubber roofing over a newly constructed 225,000 square foot, corrugated steel paneled roof. On the day of the accident, the victim was part of a six man crew assigned to move insulation boards from a storage area on one side of the main roof, over the penthouse roof, to the other side of the main roof where the boards were to be installed. Ground conditions had prevented the boards being placed on the proper side of the building. At some point during this task the victim was walking backwards dragging insulation boards when he fell through the skylight opening to a concrete floor 27 feet below. The victim died the next day from multiple head and chest injuries. It is recommended that prime contractors and subcontractors contractually agree on specific site safety and health programs to be implemented prior to the initialization of work, that all skylight openings be guarded with a standard railing or covered, and that the employer design, develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-89-47; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Roofing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
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