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An electrical worker dies when he falls through a skylight while installing solar panels on the roof of a warehouse.

Public Health Institute
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 09CA003, 2009 Sep; :1-7
A 46-year-old electrical worker died when he fell through a skylight on a roof while installing solar panels. The victim was carrying solar panels and walking backwards because of the limited space around the skylight. As the victim was walking backwards, he tripped on the raised edge of the skylight frame and fell onto the skylight. The skylight glazing (the transparent portion of the skylight) broke under the impact and the victim fell approximately 40 feet to the ground below. Although the skylight label indicated that it was tested in accordance with OSHA fall protection standards, there are currently no uniform test criteria to determine material strength to withstand worker impact. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers of workers who install solar panels on roofs with skylights should: 1.) Develop, implement, and enforce a fall protection program to prevent falls through skylights.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electrical-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Protective-measures; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09CA003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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