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Roofer dies after falling 41 feet through an airport hangar 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 97NJ112, 1998 Jun; :1-7
On November 13, 1997, a 41-year-old apprentice roofer was critically injured after falling through the roof of an aircraft hangar. The victim and a crew of 14 roofers were engaged in removing the old roofing membrane and insulation from a county airport hangar. The hangar was a large, wood-truss constructed building covered with wood planking. Most of the workers were not wearing safety harnesses on the roof, which was relatively flat at the top. Shortly after starting work at 7:00 a.m., the victim was bending over to pick up a piece of scrap when he broke through a rotted section of the wood roof. He went straight through the planking, falling 41 feet to the concrete floor below. NJ FACE recommends the following safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. Employers must ensure that employees use fall protection whenever there is a risk of falling more than six feet. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ112; 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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