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Roofer falls from top of new home in Wyoming.

Wyoming 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 93WY005, 1993 Sep; :1-4
A 53 year old teacher who was working as carpenter/leadman on a housing project died from injuries received when he fell nearly 30' from the roof of a two-story home he was helping to roof. The victim had been standing on a roof slope with an unusually steep pitch (45 degree angle), braced against a 2x4 that was securely nailed to the roof about four feet from the peak. A fork-lift supported platform had been raised to bring a 4x8 sheet of plywood within reach, which the victim would then take from the platform and hand up to other workers who would nail the plywood sheet in place. As he turned toward the platform he apparently lost his footing and began sliding feet first down the roof. As he slid down the slope of the roof he somehow got turned around and fell headfirst from the roof to the ground below, striking his head on an inch long 3/4 inch diameter bolt that protruded from wooden support block. The victim's son, who was working with him on the construction project, had begun mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before ambulance personnel arrived. An off-duty EMT arrived at the scene and began CPR. Ambulance personnel then prepared the victim for transport to a local hospital where he expired. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Personal protective equipment, including tiedowns, should be provided to and used by all employees required to work over 10 feet from the ground on a roof. 2. Guard rails should be provided for employees who work on a platform six feet or more from the ground. 3. Specific training and education should be provided to all employees who work over 10 feet above the ground.
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; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Training; 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-93WY005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wyoming Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division