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Journeyman roofer dies after 14.5 foot fall through roof opening.

Missouri 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 94MO077, 1995 Nov; :1-3
On May 13, 1994 a journeyman roofer fell 14.5 feet while working on a roof. The victim and a co-worker were installing curbing around several holes cut in a flat roof. The three foot by five foot and four foot by seven foot openings were for ventilation units to be installed later. While installing curbing around one of the holes the victim fell through to the concrete floor below suffering a fatal head injury. The MO FACE Investigator determined that in order to prevent similar incidents employers should: 1. implement 29 CFR 1926.500 b and 1926.500 (f) (5) (ii), which require that wherever there is a danger of falling through a floor opening, it shall be guarded by a standard railing and toe-boards, or cover capable of supporting the maximum intended load and so installed as to prevent accidental displacement 2. when possible, install curbing at the site where equipment is to be located before the hole is cut and removed 3. install curbing from below, working from scaffolding
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Roofers; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofing-industry; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MO077; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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