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A maintenance clean-up worker, at a trucking company freight dock terminal in Texas, died when he fell through a skylight on a roof.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX133, 1998 Oct; :1-5
A 48 year-old, male maintenance clean-up worker (the victim) died when he fell through a roof skylight. The victim and two co-workers were replacing light bulbs in outside lights mounted on poles attached to the building. They accessed the lights by standing on a ladder placed on top of a semi-trailer positioned next to the building. After replacing the lights on one side of the building, the victim and a co-worker walked across the roof to the other side. While waiting for the trailer to be repositioned, the victim decided to walk back across the roof to tell another worker they needed more lights bulbs. As he walked across the roof, he stepped on a skylight and fell sixteen feet striking his head on a concrete floor. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees are protected from falling through roof or floor holes (including skylights) to lower levels by utilizing fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems around holes. 2. Incorporate a job safety analysis (JSA) in the decision process when the task to be completed is unusual or not part of normal operations. 3. Ensure that workers are trained to recognize the dangers of stepping on skylights. 4. Use an elevated platform when attempting this particular task. 5. Develop procedures that incorporate the use of an approved platform when raising/lowering workers with a forklift.
Region-6; 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; Maintenance-workers; Personal-protection; Protective-materials; Protective-measures
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX133; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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