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Accident: 200920270 - Employee Killed In Fall Through Roof Opening

Accident: 200920270 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 05/24/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30326097005/24/20001791W.O. Grubb Steel Erection, Inc.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 24, 2000, Employee #1 was helping two coworkers install metal decking on a 42 ft high roof. The workers were using a metal cable, which had been attached to points on the roof, to secure their lanyards. Before placing decking over a 25 ft long by 6 ft wide opening in the roof, the foreman instructed one of the workers to remove the cable because it was lying over the opening, creating an obstruction. While placing the first piece of decking over the opening, Employee #1 accidentally stepped into it and fell approximately 42 ft to the ground. He was killed.
Keywords: roof opening cover, roof, work rules, construction, metal decking, fall, fall protection, roof opening, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair $500,000 to $1,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303260970 Fatality Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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