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A solar panel installer dies when he falls off a roof.

Authors
Public Health Institute
Source
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 10CA003, 2010 Sep; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20037890
Abstract
A solar panel installer died when he fell off a three-story apartment building roof. The victim was checking the alignment of solar panel brackets and was walking backwards when he stepped off the edge of the roof. He fell 45 feet to the concrete sidewalk below. The pre-project plan stated that fall protection would be required on the job, however, the employees were not wearing any fall protection. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers who install solar panels on roofs should ensure that: 1.) Employees wear fall protection when working on sloped roofs with identified fall hazards. 2.) Worksite safety procedures and practices for fall protection are developed and implemented.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Fall-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-practices
Publication Date
20100901
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-102113
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-10CA003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; WV
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division