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Laborer dies following a 13-foot fall from roof of city garage.

Indiana State Department of Health
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 95IN059, 1995 Dec; :1-4
A 36-year-old male roofer (the decedent) died 10 days after sustaining severe injuries from a 13-foot fall from the roof of a city garage. The decedent and one co-worker neither of whom were using fall protection equipment, were installing a new sheet metal roof on the garage. Gusty winds caught a piece of sheet metal roofing they were carrying and swept the decedent off the edge of the roof. As the decedent fell from the roof, he struck a dumpster with his head and torso before striking the asphalt pavement below. He sustained severe head injuries and other internal injuries. The decedent was transported to a large area hospital where he died 10 days later. The FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide fall protection equipment and ensure that it is worn by all employees working at elevations when the potential for a serious fall exists. 2. Ensure that employees work at elevations only when the weather conditions are suitable for the work task at hand. 3. Encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety including the recognition and avoidance of unsafe work conditions.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accident-potential; Accidents; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95IN059; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-508672
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Indiana State Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division