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Laborer dies following a 13-foot fall from a porch-roof.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 93WI239, 1994 Apr; :1-4
A 66-year-old male laborer (the victim) died of injuries he received after falling 13 feet from the roof of a porch. The victim was part of a seven-person crew that was washing windows and installing storm windows on a student residence building at a state university. The storm windows were being installed at the second story level directly above the porch roof. The victim was standing on the porch roof while installing the windows, and a co-worker was providing assistance from the ground level. The co-worker was standing on the stair steps of the porch handing the victim a storm window when the incident occurred. It is assumed that when the victim leaned over the edge of the roof and grasped the window he lost his balance and fell to the ground striking his head on the concrete sidewalk. The co-worker ran inside the dormitory and had a resident call 911. The emergency medical service (EMS) arrived and found the victim bleeding from the nose and mouth, with shallow and labored breathing, and unconscious. The EMS transported the victim to the local hospital where he died approximately 12 hours later. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce a written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, worker training in recognizing, avoiding, or abating hazards such as working on a roof with an unguarded roof perimeter. 2. Provide fall protection measures along unguarded roof perimeters. 3. Conduct a job safety analysis. Conduct scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections at each worksite to ensure that safety procedures are being followed.
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; Window-cleaning; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93WI239; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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