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Accident: 170866578 - Employee Killed In Fall When Impaled On Angle Iron

Accident: 170866578 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/24/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12583757508/25/19981761Valley Hauling
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on August 24, 1998, Employee #1, a crew labor leader, and coworkers were removing the shake roof of a one-story, single-family residence. A solar panel was mounted on the roof, supported by 2 by 4s and an approximately 8 in. long piece of angle iron. Witnesses saw Employee #1 fall off the roof holding the angle iron. He fell 9 ft 7 in. onto the front walkway, where the angle iron impaled the left side of his chest, killing him. It appears that Employee #1 may have been tugging on the angle iron and, when it broke free, he lost his balance and fell from the roof.
Keywords: chest, roof, dismantling, impaled, construction, fall, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125837575 Fatality Puncture Roofers FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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