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Teacher/handy-man dies after falling from second-story roof of house.

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 95MN027, 1995 Dec; :1-5
The victim was working alone at the time that the incident occurred. This report is based on a review of a written sheriff's department report and copies of their photos of the incident site and a review of the county coroner's report. A 53-year-old male teacher/handy-man (victim) died of injuries sustained when he fell from the second-story roof of a house while installing shingles. He had removed the old shingles and roofing materials from the house on the day prior to the incident. On the day of the incident, the homeowner secured the house and left the residence at approximately 7:00 a.m. The victim arrived sometime later and installed four complete rows of shingles across the roof and partially completed two additional rows. He was not using any personal fall protection equipment at the time of the incident. While installing the shingles, he apparently fell from the roof. The homeowner arrived home at approximately 5:00 p.m. and found the victim laying on a stone stairway near the house. The victim was laying on his right side with his head on the third step, from the top, of the stone stairway. An extension ladder was leaning in a tilted position against the second story of the house and the feet of the ladder were partially resting on the victim. A wood plank which supported the ladder was found at the victim's feet on the stone steps. The homeowner immediately called emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being called. They examined the victim and pronounced him dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident, 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; and 2. a catch platform should be properly installed and used whenever possible to provide a safe work platform.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Ladders; Extension-ladders; Roofers; Roofing-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN027; 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