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A carpenter died after falling 20 feet from a roof.

Oklahoma State 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 06OK002, 2006 Jul; :1-6
A 40-year-old Hispanic carpenter working for a general contracting company fell from a roof on January 20, 2006. The victim was part of a three-person crew that was installing plywood roof decking to a structural steel frame. The victim and his two coworkers were not using fall protection while working at an elevation of approximately 20 feet. One worker cut sheets of plywood on an adjacent flat structure, while the victim and the other coworker attached the decking to an arched roof using screw guns. The fall was not witnessed because the victim's coworkers were involved in their own tasks and the job superintendent was inside the structure. Coworkers noticed the fall and immediately called 911. Emergency medical service (EMS) arrived in less than 15 minutes and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour after the incident occurred. Oklahoma Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OKFACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that employees working from surfaces elevated more than six feet above a lower surface or the ground are provided with and use fall restraints, such as a personal fall arrest system, guardrail, or safety net. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program, which includes a fall protection program that addresses required regulatory standards, company policies, and task-specific safety requirements. 3. Train employees on the company's written fall protection program and all procedures for working in areas where fall hazards exist or are likely to develop during work operations. 4. Routinely have a competent person conduct a hazard analysis of the worksite and of employees' tasks, and should revise their safety and health programs and trainings as needed to address identified hazards.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Work-environment; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Protective-materials; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Training; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-06OK002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division