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Hispanic laborer dies from fall off roof.

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 03KY017, 2003 Oct; :1-11
On March 3, 2003, a 22-year-old Hispanic female laborer (decedent) died when she fell from a roof. She had been working on the roof with her brother, who was a subcontractor for a local roofing company. The work crew consisted of two brothers and the decedent. Two days prior to the incident, the decedent had worked for her brother cleaning and organizing materials on the ground at another location. It was the decedent's first day on this job site. It is unknown whether or not the decedent had worked on other roofing jobs. Her job was to organize materials and hand her brothers tools. Just before falling, she had handed one brother a hammer. Neither brother saw her fall, but they heard the crash of guttering falling and found their sister on the ground below. She was not wearing any personal fall protection nor was a fall protection system in place at the time of the incident. She was transported to a local hospital where the coroner pronounced her dead due to multiple blunt force injuries, due to fall from a great height. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: 1. Contractors hiring subcontractors should take responsibility for ensuring through contract language that the subcontractors have an adequate safety program and understand and follow general safety practices and applicable Occupational Safety and Health Standards. 2. Both roofing employers and subcontractors should provide comprehensive fall protection training and personal fall protection for their employees that is site specific. 3. Employers should ensure workers receive safety training in their native language and be informed of hazardous and unsafe working conditions.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-4; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Author Keywords: Fall; Hispanic; Personal fall protection; Roofing; Safety training; Subcontractor
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03KY017; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division