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Roofer dies after backing off a roof and falling 33 feet to the ground in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts 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 91MA005, 1991 Sep; :1-2
A 48 year old male roofer (victim) died after falling 33 feet from a flat roof he was repairing. The victim and three other co-workers were hot tarring the roof of a three-story apartment house when the victim apparently misjudged the distance behind him and backed off the edge. The fall was witnessed by the other crew members who immediately descended to the ground to administer first aid to the victim. One of the co-workers called an ambulance which arrived on the scene within seven minutes. The police arrived within two minutes and reportedly administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the victim within three minutes of the fall. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead from traumatic arrest. No roofers' warning line was used and no fall protection was provided to the workers. No safety program was in place. The Department of Labor and Industries investigators concluded that, to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Employ a motion-stopping safety system or erect warning lines around all unprotected sides and edges of the roof. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes regularly scheduled worker training in recognizing and avoiding fall hazards. 3. Conduct periodic inspections of the work site to identify and control safety hazards.
Region-1; 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; Safety-programs; Roofing-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Roofers; Warning-devices; Warning-systems
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91MA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division