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Roofing mechanic falls 50 feet to his death in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90NJ009, 1990 Nov; :1-4
On May 24, 1990, a 35-year-old roofing mechanic died after he fell 50 feet through a glass roof opening and landed on a concrete floor. He was employed by a subcontractor to remove large glass skylights, replace the glass with plywood, repair the skylight flashing, and re-roof the new section. New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should evaluate each work site and each job for potential safety hazards and plan accordingly; 2. Employees must provide, and everyone must use, appropriate fall protection equipment whenever there is the potential for a serious fall; 3. The employer should set up a safety training program and designate one person to be in charge of it; 4. On-going safety training should be incorporated as an integral part of the work day. Employees should actively participate in the safety training and implement that training into their work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; 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-90NJ009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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