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Roofer dies in West Virginia following a fall from a roof.

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
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 97WV055, 1998 Feb; :1-4
On July 17, 1997, a 44-year-old male roofer (victim) died when he fell approximately 21 feet from a roof onto a driveway below. The victim and a co-worker had completed tar papering the roof and were drawing chalk lines on the tar paper prior to shingling the roof when the fall occurred. Marks on the roof suggest that the victim lost his footing, slipped, and fell head-first from the roof onto the concrete driveway. The owner of the residence called 911 at 6:44 a.m., and the EMS arrived within eight minutes and provided emergency first aid and CPR. The victim was transported to the parking lot of a nearby school where he was transferred to a helicopter and then taken to a regional trauma center. He was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m. The WV FACE Investigator concluded that, to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, a thorough hazard analysis and utilization of controls specific to the job and employee training to recognize and abate or avoid unsafe conditions applicable to their work. 2. Evaluate environmental conditions prior to beginning work and make necessary adjustments to accommodate for them.
Region-3; 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; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Construction; 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-97WV055; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-312914
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division