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University employee is fatally injured in 120-foot fall from roof.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 91CO020, 1991 Oct; :1-2
A 60-year-old physical plant director for a state university fell 120 feet to his death. The victim was using the roof of the campus library as an observation point to inspect campus facilities for wind damage. High wind conditions with gusts to 30 miles per hour existed at the time of the incident. Campus employees routinely used the library roof as an observation point because it was the highest structure on campus and allowed an unobstructed view of the entire campus. The victim was apparently walking around the perimeter of the roof when he tripped on a utility vent pipe located near the low parapet of the roof. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Construct permanent railings around the perimeter of the roof; 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition.
Region-8; 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; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91CO020; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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