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Iron worker dies after falling 18 feet while constructing a roof.

New Jersey 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 96NJ059, 1996 Dec; :1-4
On August 6, 1996, a 34-year-old iron worker was killed after he fell from the roof of a building under construction. The incident occurred at the construction site of a pre-engineered (prefabricated) steel storage building that was being assembled at a large nursing home facility. The victim and a co-worker were attaching the steel roof panels to the building when the victim went to the edge of the roof to drive in a screw. He was leaning over the roof plate with a screw gun when he apparently slipped or lost his balance, falling 18 feet to the ground below. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should provide adequate fall protection to all employees exposed to fall hazards. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive employee safety program. Although not related to this incident, the following recommendation is made to employers who install or work near skylights: 4. Employers should read and follow the recommendations in the attached publication, NIOSH Alert: Preventing worker Deaths and Injuries from Falls Through Skylights and Roof Openings.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofing-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ059; 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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