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Carpenter dies from falling off a porch roof of a private home.

Minnesota Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92MN010, 1992 Sep; :1-3
A 20-year-old male carpenter (victim) died as a result of head injuries ten days after falling off a porch roof of a private home. The roof was 12 feet from the ground to the eaves with a 4 to 12 pitch (a 4" rise to every 12" run). He was applying shingles to the roof and was two rows from completion. The incident occurred in the morning on a dry spring day. A nearby coworker, with his back toward the victim, was installing flashing. The coworker heard a thump as the victim fell off the roof, hit a ladder jack scaffold below, and landed on the sidewalk. No fall protection devices were being used by the victim at the time of the incident. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. provide training for all employees involved in roofing work so that they are able to recognize and control the hazards of falling; and 2. use fall protection systems such as catch platforms or safety belts while performing roofing work to prevent fall injuries.
Region-5; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Roofing-industry; Safety-belts; Training; Age-factors; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; 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-92MN010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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