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Construction foreman dies after falling approximately 28 feet during roofing retro-fit operation in California.

Public Health Institute
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 94CA005, 1994 Nov; :1-3
A 24-year-old, white, Hispanic, male construction foreman (the decedent) died after falling approximately 28 feet while doing roofing demolition work. The building on which the decedent was working was damaged by the January 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake. The decedent was removing roofing panels when the incident occurred. He was standing on the edge of a panel when the wooden beam supporting the panel shifted. This caused the decedent and four panels to fall to the concrete floor below. Earthquake damage had created the beam instability. The decedent was not wearing a safety harness or lanyard at the time of the incident. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. provide safety belts and lanyards for employees when working on unstable surfaces or at heights required by regulation; 2. evaluate their current safety program and incorporate specific training procedures emphasizing the importance of controlling hazards in the workplace. These procedures should include, but not be limited to, conducting hazard evaluations before initiating work at a job site and implementing appropriate controls.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Roofing-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Demolition-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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