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Farmer dies after falling through fiberglass skylight panel.

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 94MN040, 1995 Jun; :1-3
A 62-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he fell through a fiberglass skylight panel in the roof of a pole barn. On the day of the incident, he drove a tractor equipped with a front-end loader to the west side of the barn. He raised the loader to a height of 9 or 10 feet. After he raised the loader, he walked on the tractor hood and then climbed into the loader bucket. From the bucket, he climbed onto the roof and walked up the roof to the point where a rope was tied into the ridge vent. He held the rope in one hand as he pushed snow from the roof. As he worked near the south end of the barn roof, he stepped on a fiberglass skylight panel. The panel broke and the victim fell through the panel. He was unable to maintain his grip on the rope and fell to the concrete floor of the barn. After falling, the victim walked or crawled unassisted from the south end of the barn to a milkhouse in the northwest corner of the barn. After he reached the milkhouse, he collapsed on the floor and died. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. whenever work is performed at an elevation where the potential for a fall exists, fall protection equipment should be used; 2. skylight panels in the roof of existing pole buildings should be removed; and 3. pole building manufacturers should not provide fiberglass skylight roof panels as an option for allowing natural light inside buildings.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MN040; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division