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Accident: 201031283 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Skylight

Accident: 201031283 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 05/15/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12030020705/15/19981761Evans Roofing Co
At 10:30 a.m. on May 15, 1998, Employee #1 was operating a felt-laying machine as part of a hot asphalt roofing operation on a 225,00 sq ft building. The felt-layer was a backward moving, pull-type unit that applied felt and dispensed hot, 475 degree F molten asphalt. The roofing area had 4 ft by 8 ft skylights placed at regular intervals, each covered with Prestolite plastic. At one point, Employee #1 stopped approximately 4 in. from the edge of a skylight, and, as he turned to begin roofing in the other direction, his foot kicked against it. He tripped backward and fell 25 ft through the plastic cover. When he lost his balance, he grabbed for the felt-laying machine and ended up pulling it down after him. Employee #1 struck a sprinkler pipe under the roof and fell onto some storage racks before striking the floor. The felt-layer dropped straight down and missed him, but he sustained burns from landing on the hot asphalt that spilled out from the machine.
Keywords: burn, skylight, roof, construction, tripped, hot asphalt, roofer, fall, walking backward
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120300207 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Roofers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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