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Accident: 893768 - Employee Killed In Fall Through Skylight

Accident: 893768 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 02/28/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10566904802/28/19891541Concrete Pipe & Products Co., Inc.
At approximately 7:10 a.m. on February 28, 1989, Employee #1 and coworkers were on the roof of a concrete manufacturing plant. They were loosening and removing roof panels so that a crane line could be lowered through the roof opening to install a structural steel tower for a new pipe machine. The roof was too low to allow an inside crane to extend its boom high enough to position the tower. The employees were near the peak of the roof where there were six fiberglass skylight panels, three along the northwest side of the roof and three along the southeast side. Each employee was wearing a safety belt, but before Employee #1 could be tied off, he inadvertently stepped onto a skylight panel. It broke under his weight (approximately 250 lb), and he fell approximately 32 ft into a pit that had been prepared to install the new pipe machine. He was taken to the hospital, where he died at 11:47 a.m.
Keywords: skylight, roof, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105669048 Fatality Puncture Construction laborers

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