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Carpenter dies after falling from the roof of a carport addition that collapsed while under construction in South Carolina, August 3, 1991.
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 91-26, 1991 Oct; :1-6
The case of a 66 year old male carpenter who fell 8 feet from the roof of a carport addition that collapsed was investigated. The victim was a self employed carpenter who worked on a part time basis. He had been hired to build an addition to an existing carport. On this job he was working with the help of two neighborhood teenage boys and a coworker. The workers were nailing roof felt to the top of the sheeting on the day of the accident. The victim was standing on the lower corner of the addition roof farthest from the existing carport. Without warning the temporary 2 by 4 leg supports on that end failed, causing the addition to collapse and pull away from the carport. The victim fell backward 8 feet off the roof and struck his head on the ground, breaking his neck. It was recommended that a job hazard analysis be conducted prior to starting a job to identify and control any potential hazards that might arise during the job; that elevated work surfaces be adequately supported; and that fall prevention equipment be provided and its use ensured where workers are exposed to fall hazards.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-91-26; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Roofing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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