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Laborer dies after 41-foot fall from roof under construction - North Carolina.

Higgins DN; Casini VJ; Pettit TA; Castillo DN
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 98-17, 1999 Jan; :1-7
A 22-year-old male laborer (the victim) died of injuries he received after falling 41 feet from an unprotected roof edge. The victim was working with a crew comprised of a crew leader, himself, and two co-workers. The crew normally performed floor, truss, and deck work, but on the day of the incident, the crew was asked by their supervisor to roof a building because the regular roofing crew has been sent to another job. Early in the morning, they began installing a 4-feet by 8-feet sheets of plywood on roof trusses on the 8:12 pitched roof of an apartment building. Each member of the crew was working on a separate area on the roof. Late in the afternoon, someone yelled that a worker had fallen off the roof. The crew came down off the roof to assist the victim. While a worker from another crew called 911, co-workers cut and removed the victim's tool belt and shoes, and used a sheet of plywood to shield his body from the hot sun. A police officer arrived on the scene at 3:58 p.m., within 3 minutes of receiving the call. A fire fighter, who arrived shortly after the police officer checked the victim for a pulse, but found none. EMS arrived at the scene 8 minutes later and pronounced the victim dead at 4:08 p.m. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: Provide adequate fall protection to employees who are exposed to fall hazards. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program. Provide training to workers in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the required safe work practices that apply to their normal and any new work environments. Ensure that workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend instructions in safe work procedure for the tasks to which they are assigned.
Head-trauma; Roof-repair; Accident-prevention; Falls; Region-4; Fall-protection-equipment; Children; Construction-Search
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