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Fall Results from Failure to Recognize Hazard

At the start of the shift on a cold, January day, an employee slid an impact wrench down a 1:12 pitch roof to position it near the edge. There was light frost on the roof, and the wrench was not slowing down. Fearing that it would go over the edge, the employee began running after the wrench. The foreman shouted, "No, Pat, no," but the employee continued, even diving after the wrench. He slid off the roof edge on his stomach and impacted approximately 23 feet down and 20 feet out from the building on the asphalt driveway. The steel erection standard in place at that time did not require fall protection on non-tiered buildings for fall hazards of less than 25 feet. Failure to recognize the fall hazard contributed to the accident.

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