Temporary employee falls through coliseum roof - Virginia, June 27, 1996.
NIOSH 1996 Dec; :1-5
This report concerns the death of a 27 year old laborer who fell through an unguarded roof opening while repairing the rubber roof membrane of a college sports coliseum. The man and the roofing foreman had spent the morning patching slices in the membrane that had been made to install additional steel purlins to the existing roof structure. After lunch they were preparing to continue to repair another slice. They were working together at the bottom of the slice. The victim was using a roller and solvent to clean the membrane while the foreman was readying the membrane patch and beginning to apply the adhesive. The victim, wearing fall protection, worked his way towards the peak of the roof while the foreman's work kept him occupied near the bottom of the slice. The victim had progressed to the peak, disconnected his lanyard from the lifeline and his harness. He then fell to the floor. The cause of death was listed as head trauma with probable aortic rupture. It is recommended that employers be certain that appropriate fall protection equipment is available and correctly used when working from elevations where there is danger of falling and that alternative methods be considered of providing fall protection, such as overhead life line tie off points.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-96-21; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Head-injuries
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-96-21, 5 pages