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Mechanical designer dies from injuries sustained after falling 22 feet through roof opening.

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 95IN147, 1995 Apr; :1-8
A 54-year-old mechanical designer (the decedent) working alone sustained severe injuries after falling 22 feet through a temporary covered roof opening of a large manufacturing plant to the concrete floor below. The decedent was taking measurements relating to the installation of a new service platform frame, west of and part of, a new makeup air vent. The decedent fell (unobserved) through the temporary roof opening, hitting an underhung 5 ton bridge crane and then fell to the concrete floor. The decedent was found a few minutes later by co-workers still conscious, alert, and bleeding from the nose and right ear. Emergency medical personnel located at the plant were called. The county E.M.S. arrived a few minutes later and transported the decedent to a local hospital where he died six days later from complications sustained in the fall. The FACE investigator concluded to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure temporary roof openings are covered or guarded by a standard railing. 2. Ensure appropriate fall protection is available and correctly used when working where there is a danger of falling. 3. Ensure scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections should be conducted by a competent person (one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them).
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95IN147; 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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