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A Spanish speaking roofer dies after falling from a roof of a residential structure - Massachusetts.

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 02MA030, 2004 Mar; :1-7
On October 10, 2002, a 30-year-old Guatemalan male roofer was fatally injured when he fell from a residential structure roof. The roofing crew, including the victim, were installing a tarp from a ladder jack scaffold when the victim climbed onto the roof. The victim, who spoke Spanish, was reportedly told twice in Spanish by his foreman to get off the roof. The victim then fell approximately 30 feet to the ground below, landing on a cobblestone walkway. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were notified and responded to the incident site within minutes. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety and health program that includes, but is not limited to, a fall protection plan that addresses worker protection during scaffold erecting and dismantling. 2. Routinely have a competent person conduct hazard analysis of the work site and of employees tasks and revise safety and health programs and training to address identified hazards. 3. Ensure that all workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend training instructions in safe work procedures for all tasks to which they are assigned. 4. Enforce safety and health regulations and company policies by periodically performing scheduled and unscheduled inspections of employee work practice.
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; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Racial-factors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MA030; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division