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Massachusetts maintenance supervisor dies in twenty foot fall through rooftop skylight opening.

Massachusetts 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 94MA002, 1994 Apr; :1-3
On October 3, 1993, a 28 year old, male, hispanic maintenance supervisor was fatally injured when he fell twenty and one-half feet through a mall rooftop skylight opening. The victim was apparently attempting to secure a tarpaulin over the opening during inclement weather when he fell into the opening. Approximately 45 minutes later, a co-worker found him lying motionless on the floor of a mall restaurant. Emergency medical services responded and transported the victim to a regional hospital where he died within hours of the fall. The MA FACE Program Field Investigator concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Require skylight openings to be adequately protected. 2. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of projects and do so on a daily basis if necessary. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in fall hazard recognition.
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; Training; Safety-programs; Maintenance-workers; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Roofing-industry; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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