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Accident: 14449557 - Employee Killed In 39 Ft Fall From Plank

Accident: 14449557 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 04/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10451648904/21/19871761Berwald Roofing, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10451646304/21/19871522Harrington-Belgarde Companies
On April 20, 1987, Employee #1 was installing shingles on the roof of a balcony that extended 10 feet from the building. He was working from a 30-foot-long aluminum plank that had six bundles of shingles (weighing 480 pounds) as a counterweight. Employee #1 had finished one side and had removed the six bundles of shingles to reposition the plank when he discovered that his drill had been left out on the end of the cantilevered plank. When he walked out to retrieve the drill, the plank tipped, and he fell 39 feet. Employee #1 died of internal injuries while undergoing surgery.
Keywords: counterbalance, work rules, walking on plank, roofer, work platform, inattention, construction, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104516489 Fatality Other Roofers
2 104516463 Occupation Not Listed

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