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Tile roofer supervisor falls from roof of multi-story building 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 98CA016, 1999 May; :1-3
A 38-year old tile roofer supervisor (decedent) died when he fell from the second story of a performing arts building that was being remodeled. The decedent and a co-worker were finishing the installation of twist-tie (riness) wires on the third story of the building. The clay tiles they were installing are tied off to the riness wire. The ends of the wire are held in place by anchors, the tabs of which are bent over when the wire is properly tightened. The decedent was pulling on the riness wire placing his foot against the third story wall for leverage when the wire came loose from the anchor. He fell backwards off the second story roof onto the first story roof and then onto the concrete sidewalk at ground level. The decedent was not wearing fall protection. Upon arrival at the hospital, the decedent's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was determined to be .167%. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP): 1. ensure employees working at heights wear personal fall protection or are protected by equivalent means. 2. ensure employees do not engage in work practices where they lean/pull toward roof edges. 3. ensure employees do not work while under the influence of alcohol.
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; Alcoholic-beverages; Substance-abuse; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA016; 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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