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Professional roofer dies in fall.

Kentucky Department of Health Services
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 97KY071, 1997 Nov; :1-3
A 48-year-old roofing company manager ("the victim") died after falling 25-30 feet to the concrete floor of a packing company garage. The victim and the job foreman ("the witness") were on the roof preparing for the day's work prior to the arrival of the rest of the crew. The victim had inspected and approved the work completed the day before, and was going to retrieve two rope grabs, which had been left in a pile. There were a total of five retractable lines with which workers were required to tie off whenever they went outside the caution lines along the roof peak. The victim was involved in a conversation with the witness when he stepped under a caution line to pick up two of the rope grabs, onto a weakened section of roof that collapsed under his weight. The witness later realized that he also had stepped beyond the caution line without noticing, but had apparently stepped onto a stronger section of the original roof. The other crew members were just arriving, and they ran to the guard booth to call 911. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel arrived and transported the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:50 am. In order to prevent similar occurrences, the KY FACE investigator recommends that employers should: 1. ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is available and correctly used when working from elevations where there is a danger of falling. 2. ensure that, when equipment must be left on the job site, it is stored in an area where it can be retrieved safely.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Roofers; Roofing-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97KY071; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Kentucky Department of Health Services
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division