|Industry: General contractor||
Release Date: November 6, 2017
|Task: Making repairs to Barn Roof||Incident Date: September 12, 2016|
|Occupation: Laborer||Case No.:|
|Type of Incident: Fall||SHARP Report No.: 71-164-2017|
In September of 2016, a 54-year-old construction laborer fell 12 feet to his death when he stepped on a portion of the metal roof of a dairy cow barn and it gave way.
It was his first day on the job working for his employer, a small general contractor. Investigators were unable to determine his construction work experience. A dairy farm owner hired the employer to do remodeling and make repairs around the dairy. For the past several years, the employer had done work around the farm.
On the day of the incident, the victim and another laborer were working on a damaged barn roof. They were to replace the badly deteriorated metal roof peppered with rusty, pitted areas and damaged trusses.
A year earlier, dairy workers had placed plastic sheeting on the roof as a temporary fix to prevent rain from coming through the damaged roof. The victim and the other laborer were prepping the 3/12 pitch roof for repairs by removing the plastic sheeting. The employer and the laborers were aware of how severely damaged the roof was. The employer did not require or provide fall protection and told the laborers to walk on the purlins, not the damaged metal roofing.
The laborers spent the morning and early afternoon working on the roof at heights varying from 7 feet at the eaves to 20 ½ feet at the roof peak. At approximately 3 p.m., the victim stepped on a metal roof panel that gave way under his weight, causing him to fall and land on concrete 12 feet below. He died of head injuries at the scene.
Job Hazard Analysis,
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
This narrative was developed to alert employers and employees of a tragic loss of life of a worker in Washington State and is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
Developed by WA State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries. The FACE Program is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH grant# 2 U60OH008487). For more information, contact the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, 1-888-667-4277, or visit www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Research/FACE.
Publication #: 71-164-2017
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