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Hispanic construction worker wearing fall protection dies after falling 40 feet from roof.

New Jersey 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 09NJ099, 2012 Oct; :1-11
A 51-year-old male Hispanic construction worker died after a 40-foot fall from the roof at an industrial warehouse construction site. On the day of the incident, the decedent was installing corrugated metal roof decking. He was wearing fall protection equipment, which included a harness and a retractable lanyard connected to a metal anchor device. The anchor was attached to the unsecured leading edge of the corrugated decking. When the victim fell off the roof, the force caused the anchor to break free and the victim fell approximately 40 feet to the ground. Contributing Factors: 1. Improper anchor plate was used for the type of decking installed. 2. Improper screws used to fasten anchor plate. 3. Anchor plate was mounted on an unsecured edge. NJ FACE investigators recommend that these safety guidelines be followed to prevent similar incidents: 1. Utilize the appropriate type of anchor plate when installing corrugated roof decking. 2. Anchor plate screws should conform to manufacturer's specifications, including type and length of threading. 3. While installing roof decking, the anchor of the fall protection system should not be affixed to an unsecured leading edge. 4. A safety and health plan based on a job hazard analysis should be developed by the employer and followed where workers are assigned tasks.
Region-2; Humans; Men; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Workers; Work-areas; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Personal-protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09NJ099; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485; B20130124
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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