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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 317055317 - Blunk'S Building And Remodeling

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana

Nr: 317055317Report ID: 0551800Open Date: 07/17/2013

Blunk'S Building And Remodeling
2533 West National Road (Us 40)
Greenfield, IN 46140
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1761/Roofing, Siding, and Sheet Metal Work
NAICS: 238160/Roofing Contractors
Mailing: 1355 Cross Street, Martinsville, IN 46151

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:07/23/2013
Planning Guide: Health-Construction Close Case:10/18/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202637237Event: 07/17/2013Roofer Complains Of Heat, Seeks Shade, And Dies
At approximately 12:00 p.m. on July 16, 2013, Employee #1, a carpenter employed by a building and remodeling company, was performing residential roofing work on a two-story house. He complained of being hot. Employee #1 came down from the roof to seek some shade. Coworker #1 found Employee #1 lying unconscious at the side of the house and called for emergency services. A bystander began CPR. When emergency medical services arrived, they transported Employee #1 to the local hospital. He arrived unresponsive with a core temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit according to hospital records. Employee #1 was transferred from the local hospital to a regional advanced care hospital. He died at 12:16 a.m. on July 17, 2013. According to the subsequent investigation, the coroner's report listed the cause of death as "Acute Polysubstance Intoxication - Contributory Factors: Hyperthermia (Temperature 104F)." According to the local airport data taken at 1:00 p.m. on July 16, 2013, the weather had been clear, with an air temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit, 51% humidity, a dew point of 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and 10 miles visibility. Due to the heat, the employer had its employees work a split schedule (6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to dark), had them take hourly breaks, and made available to all employees cold water (bottled and drink cooler), ice, sports drinks, and soft drinks.
Keywords: heat, unconsciousness, roof, carpenter, construction, descending, intoxicated, heat exhaustion, high temperature
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 317055317 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Roofers

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