On September 3, 1993, a 32 year old male Massachusetts roofing company laborer died in a fall through a skylight. Taking a break from his work on a flat, built-up roof, the victim sat on a skylight to have a drink from his water cooler. Moments later the victim broke through the skylight and fell approximately twenty-eight feet to the building's concrete floor. Within minutes of the incident, emergency medical services personnel were summoned and arrived to transport the victim to a regional hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital approximately forty minutes after his fall. In order to prevent similar future occurrences, the Massachusetts FACE Project recommends that employers: 1. Ensure that all workers required to work near roof openings or skylights are adequately trained to recognize the serious hazard of falls through roof openings, and the danger of sitting or stepping on a skylight. 2. Guard skylight openings with screens or railings. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, job site hazard surveys and worker training in fall hazard recognition. Furthermore, manufacturers of skylights should: 4. Affix conspicuous decals to each skylight, warning individuals against sitting or stepping on these units. Lastly, state building code officials should: 5. Consider including a provision in the building code which would require all skylights installed in new or renovated buildings to be of the sufficient strength to support the weight of a worker who sat, stepped, or fell on one.
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