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Accident: 28695.015 - Two Employees Fall From Metal Roof, One Dies And The Other I

Accident: 28695.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 09/12/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
634179.01509/14/2012Danlin Corp
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on September 12, 2012, Employee #1 and #2 along with a coworker were removing metal decking from the roof an existing metal structur e on a rural farm. The metal roof was 150 ft by 200 ft. The employees were movin g the metal sheets, which had a dimension of 40 ft by 38 in. to the edge of the roof with a fall distance at approximately 24 ft. The employees had moved four s heets to the roof edge, which was approximately 3 ft from the edge. As Employees #1 and #2 positioned themselves to retrieve and placed the fifth sheet on the p ile, a wind gust caught the metal sheet causing it to strike the employees and p ush them off the roof. The coworker was kneeling down and clamping the end of th e sheet to prevent displacement when the wind gust caught the sheet. He was not struck by it and was able to maintain control of that end which prevented it fro m falling off the roof onto the employees below. Employee #1 fell approximately 24 ft landing upright feet first on a concrete pad below and sustained multiple fractures including on his left heel, both lower leg bones on his right leg, and the L3 lumbar vertebrae of his spine. Employee #1 was hospitalized for his inju ries. Employee #2 also fell approximately 24 feet, but landing at an odd angle c ausing his head to strike the concrete. Employee #2 died from his injuries in th e fall. This type of activity was considered decking work, which would also req uire the use of either a control decking zone or a personal fall arrest system; neither of which was used. The wind speeds at 10:35 a.m. on September 12, 2012, were listed at 12.7 mph sustained with gusts of up to 21.9 mph.
Keywords: decking, fall, fall protection, falling object, metal sheet, roof
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair   1 25 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 634179.015 36 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist: 23
Cause: Roofing
2 634179.015 61 M Fatality Roofers FallDist: 23
Cause: Roofing

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