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Roofer killed after falling from a ladder lowered from a school 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 04NJ034, 2005 Dec; :1-8
On May 13, 2005, a 26-year-old roofer was killed when he fell while climbing down an extension ladder that he had just lowered from the first story roof of a high school. The incident occurred at an urban high school that had contracted with the victim's employer to renovate the school's flat roof. This was the last day of the construction project, and the work crew was completing the final tasks for the project and packing up their equipment. The victim had been assigned to clamp on a drain basket and reattach and electrical box near the edge of the roof. The victim climbed up to the roof through an interior stairwell and retrieved a 28-foot fiberglass extension ladder that was on the roof. When he reached his work area, he lowered the ladder to the ground from the top of the 15-foot-high roof. As he started to climb down the ladder, the locking mechanism that secured the sections together failed, causing the top ladder section to suddenly slide downward. The victim fell from the ladder, striking his head on a piece of metal extending from the wall, and landed on a concrete walkway below. He died at the scene of the incident. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Employees must be trained in the proper use of ladders. 2. Employers should regularly inspect ladders to ensure that they are kept in good operating order. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Ladders; Construction-workers; Construction; Construction-industry; Roofing-industry; Roofers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04NJ034; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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