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Accident: 14308225 - Employee Killed In Fall From Roof

Accident: 14308225 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 11/02/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10766332011/03/19891761M & J Construction Co.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on November 2, 1989, Employee #1 was employed as a groundman to a roofer as a helper, which included cleaning up and supporting the roofer from the ground on a reroofing installation on a two-story wood-frame residential house. For unknown reasons Employee #1 went on the roof. A roofer, the only other person there at the time, stated that he saw Employee #1 at the top of the pitched roof and asked him "what are you doing here?" The roofer turned around and continued to work. Seconds later, he heard a noise. He turned again and noticed that Employee #1 was gone. Employee #1 was found laying face down on the concrete in the alleyway approximately 26 ft below. A wood pole pump jack scaffold with a 24 ft long by 12 in. wide work platform with no guardrails and aluminum straight 32-ft extension ladder set to a high pitch were found in the alleyway used for work and roof access. It is unknown whether Employee #1 fell from the roof, scaffold, or ladder. Employee #1 suffered multiple blunt force injuries including broken neck, spine, and skull, killing him.
Keywords: roof, construction, fall, concussion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107663320 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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