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Roofer falls to death from roof -- South Carolina, August 3, 1995.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 95-18, 1996 May; :1-3
The case of a roofer who fell to his death while performing reroofing activities at a private residence was examined. The victim was the owner of the roofing company which had no written safety policy, program, procedures, or training. The accident occurred as the victim was carrying shingles up to the roof after removal of the old shingles had been accomplished. A 6 foot long section of a newly installed toeboard on which he was walking broke off, causing the victim to fall to the ground, striking his head on a flatbed trailer. Due to the severity of the injuries no first aid was performed by coworkers. Emergency medical service responded within 10 minutes but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of massive head trauma. It was recommended that employers provide fall protection to all employees exposed to fall hazards and that employers develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-95-18; Region-4; Roofers; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Roofing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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