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Roofer dies following a 15-foot fall from residential roof.

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 95IN075, 1995 Dec; :1-4
A 63-year-old male roofer died as a result of head injuries sustained from a 15-foot fall from the tile roof of a two story single family dwelling. The decedent, working alone, had been applying grout near the edge of the new tile roof. He was not using fall protection equipment. The fall was unobserved. The decedent was found unconscious on a sidewalk and hard ground next to the house and died three hours later as a result of head injuries sustained in the fall. The decedent had a documented history of heavy smoking, emphysema, and recent pneumonia. Although the decedent was thought to be physically capable of performing his duties, it remains unclear whether his pre-existing medical condition predisposed him to this incident or affected its outcome. The FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. Ensure workers with medical conditions or physical limitations are not placed in work situations disallowed by employee's physical condition. 2. Develop and implement formal safety programs to help workers recognize, understand, and control fall hazards and other work hazards. 3. Ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is available and used correctly when working at elevation. 4. Encourage workers to actively participate in work place safety.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofers; Roofing-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95IN075; 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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