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

Authors
Public Health Institute
Source
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
NIOSHTIC No.
20027021
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
Publication Date
19941109
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-114505
Identifying No.
FACE-94CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; WV
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division