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Accident: 200080950 - Employee Killed In Fall Through Gypsum Roof Decking

Accident: 200080950 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 10/24/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12333671110/24/20001761Premier-New York, Inc.
Employee #1 was removing the exterior surface of the roof of a school building. He was taking off a piece of flashing at the east wall of the roof when the gypsum roof decking collapsed under him. He fell to the ground and was killed. The roof at that spot had apparently been wet for a sustained period in the past, causing the gypsum to lose its structural integrity. The wire mesh that reinforced the gypsum had rusted away in some places and had shrunk in coverage in other locations. Prior to the start of the job, the structural integrity of the roof deck was reportedly evaluated for the purpose of supporting workers and their equipment.
Keywords: roof, roof decking, work rules, construction, unstable surface, fall, roof panel, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123336711 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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