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Gutter product installer dies as a result of falling 22.5 feet from a roof in Maryland.

Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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 94MD015, 1994 Aug; :1-4
A 26-year-old male gutter product installer died when he fell 22.5 feet from the roof of a single family dwelling to the ground below. The victim had accessed the roof to survey the job and to develop a work-plan. The victim wore no personal protective equipment as he walked upon the steeply pitched roof. The victim asked the helper who remained on the ground to obtain equipment from the truck. Moments later when the helper and another co-worker looked toward the house the victim was not in sight. The two employees began to search for the victim and found him on the ground behind the building. The victim had fallen from the roof, struck his head on a slate walkway, and hemorrhaged copiously from the nose and mouth. The emergency medical service (EMS) was notified and responded within ten minutes. Upon arrival the EMS determined that resuscitation efforts were not possible because of the severity of injury. The Maryland FACE investigator suggests that, to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. develop, implement, and enforce a safety and health program to instruct employees in hazard recognition and to provide clear guidance on safe work procedures and safe work practices; 2. ensure that work performed at elevations above six feet is always reviewed prior to initiation to formulate a work plan that addresses the unique safety concerns of the job and the personal protective equipment required to safely complete the job; 3. ensure that all jobs performed at elevations are assessed to determine the safest feasible means to bring workers to the elevation required for task completion.
Region-3; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MD015; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-309872
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division