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Laborer/helper falls through opening in warehouse roof to the floor below and dies 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 98CA005, 1998 Oct; :1-3
A 40-year old laborer/helper died when he fell through the opening in a warehouse roof approximately 27 feet to the floor below. The employer was demolishing the roof of the warehouse portion of a commercial building. The decedent had picked up a 4X8 foot sheet of damaged plywood and began to walk away when he fell through the opening in the roof. Another worker, who had removed the damaged plywood, had walked away to obtain nails for the replacement piece of plywood. The opening was left unguarded when the decedent came over to remove the damaged piece of plywood. The crew was not informed that the opening was temporarily left unguarded. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that their Site Specific Safety Plans address hazards which, if reasonably anticipated to occur, would lead to injury or death. 2. ensure roof openings are not left unprotected, unguarded or uncovered. 3. equip all workers in the area of roof demolition with fall protection. 4. require that all job site hazards are communicated on an ongoing basis to all workers required to be in the area.
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; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Warning-signs; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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