Construction worker falls off roof

by on April 22, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
fall accident off roof

A 34-year-old construction worker whose name was unreleased at press time fell to his death at a Manhattan construction project.

The worker was apparently on the roof of a 10-story building on West 33rd Street near Penn Station in New York when he fell. He landed on second-floor scaffolding, and rescue workers were unable to revive him.

Construction workers need safety buffer zones, guide rails, or other fall protection when working on roofs. Though it’s not certain what the case was here, these kinds of accident often happen when workers are first assigned to areas of a roof where there are no fall hazards, and then get called into or otherwise find a reason to go into a fall-hazard area.

Whenever possible, review no-go areas prior to a shift, and have fall-protection available just in case. Workers are much more likely to use fall protection if it’s available with little effort.

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