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Carpenter dies following 30-foot fall through deteriorated roof while estimating job.

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 94MD041, 1995 Feb; :1-3
A 70-year-old carpenter (the victim) fell through a barn roof while taking measurements in preparation to replace the roof of the building. The victim had arrived at the site during a heavy rain storm, exited the vehicle, and accessed the roof from a low hanging eave. The barn was built against a slope so the eave of the roof on the uphill side of the barn was about 2 1/2 feet above ground level. The victim began to walk up the slope of the roof with a measuring tape trailing behind and a notebook and pencil in hand. As he reached an area about 16 feet above the eave the roof gave way and he fell through the roof landing on the concrete floor thirty feet below. A witness went immediately to his aid, but was unable to find a pulse. The witness went to the farm house and called 911 to notify the local emergency medical services unit (EMS) which responded a short time later and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The Maryland FACE investigator suggests that, to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. perform a hazard assessment prior to employees performing any work activities at elevations above six feet to identify the safest feasible means to assure task completion. 2. develop, implement, and enforce a safety and health program that addresses safe work procedures and hazard recognition.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-potential; Construction-workers; Construction; Construction-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Region-3
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MD041; 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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