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Male roofer dies after falling from a house roof.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 92MN021, 1993 Mar; :1-4
A 38-year-old male roofer (victim) was fatally injured after falling approximately 20 feet from a house roof. No personal protective equipment was being used at the time of the incident. He and a coworker were marking a 4 by 25-foot area of the roof with a chalk line for removal. This roof area had been damaged by water; it was sagging and not totally solid. As the coworker held the chalk line holder stationary, the victim pulled out line as he backed up. He apparently was unaware of his distance from the roof edge and, as the roofers were talking, the victim fell off the roof backwards. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. provide fall protection including catch platforms or safety belts and lifelines when working from elevations; 2. consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects; and 3. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices.
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; Protective-equipment; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Training; Construction; Construction-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MN021; 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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