Roofing installer dies after 16-foot fall from a suspended runway in Missouri.
NIOSH 1993 Feb; :1-3
A 33-year-old roofing installer died following a 16-foot fall from a suspended runway. The runway was suspended between the raised scissors bed of a utility truck and a roof of a housing unit. Immediately before the incident, the victim was carrying four-by-eight sheets of used plywood from the housing unit and stacking them on the truck bed. Though the fall was unwitnessed, it is believed the victim was returning to the roof across the runway when he may have lost his balance and the runway slipped off the truck. The victim and the runway both fell in the vicinity of a concrete sidewalk below. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that runways utilized four feet or more above the ground or floor are equipped with standard railings 2. ensure that these runways are secured at both ends to prevent dislodging. 3. consider and address worker safety in the design and planning stages of construction projects 4. develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Region-7; Control-technology
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health