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Accident: 68111.015 - Employee Falls From Roof And Is Killed

Accident: 68111.015 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 08/21/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
992149.01508/26/2014Kirk Knauss
At 12:00 p.m. on August 21, 2014, Employee # 1, using a 24 foot extension ladder, carried a circular saw up to the roof level of a residential construction site. The circular saw was used to trim the plywood off of the front gable end of the roof. The employee was sitting on his buttocks with his legs and feet in front of him, six feet from the ridge of the roof near the front gable end. A coworker climbed up the ladder and noticed that the circular saw had started to slide down the roof. The coworker yelled to Employee #1 to alert him of the falling saw. Employee # 1 tried to grab the saw and started to slide down the roof and could not stop. The employee fell 18 feet from the south eave of the roof onto the bed of a pickup truck and then onto the compact soil. Employee #1 was killed from fractures, contusions and lacerations to his head and abdomen. There was no fall protection provided by the employer.
Keywords: struck against, truck, fall, residential construction, roof, ladder, circular saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 24 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 992149.015 54 M Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers FallDist:
FatCause: Fall from roof

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