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Roofer dies after falling through skylight fixture in Maryland, November 6, 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 90-21, 1990 Jun; :1-5
This report concerned the death of a 51 year old male roofer who died after falling through a skylight. He worked for a small roofing and siding contractor, and was replacing the tar and gravel built up roofing on a bottling company with a rubber membrane material. The roof had 15 rectangular smoke dome type, curb mounted skylights measuring 42 by 80 inches. As the victim was moving a full wheelbarrow of gravel toward a trash chute, he stopped and set the wheelbarrow next to a skylight and went over to talk to a company manager. When he returned to the wheelbarrow he fell through the skylight 30 feet to the floor below. He died of traumatic injuries sustained in the fall. It was recommended that employers initiate measures to protect their employees from falling through skylights; that prime contractors and subcontractors should ensure that safety and health issues are included as part of the contract provisions; that building owners consider installing protective covers over skylights to guard against falls through skylights; and that designers and manufacturers of skylights evaluate current designs to determine the feasibility of increasing load capacities and/or incorporating other safeguards.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-21; Accident-analysis; Roofers; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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