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Carpenter dies following an 11-foot fall from a roof in North Carolina, February 22, 1990.
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 90-28, 1990 Jun; :1-5
A 34 year old male carpenter died after falling 11 feet from a garage roof. He worked for a general contractor building a private residence with an attached 26 foot by 39 foot garage. On the morning of the incident, a total of ten workers were laboring at various sites on the project. The victim and a coworker had been assigned to complete boxing up a dormer located on the apex of the garage roof. The two workers positioned themselves on opposite sides of the dormer and started to work. The victim either slipped or tripped, and fell to a sitting position and then slid feet first down the plywood covered roof and fell off the edge. He hit is head against the brick veneer garage wall. He died about 24 hours later of severe head injury. It is recommended that employers require the use of safety belts, lifelines, and lanyards when working from elevations; that employers address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects; and that a safety program be developed.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-90-28; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Occupational-accidents; Construction-workers; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
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