A long fall from a steep roof!
The theme of the week is dangerous jobs, the brave people who work them, and the terrible accidents that occur when safety guidelines aren't met. Today's story is about a man who fell from a roof because of several huge mistakes his co-workers made.
Craig was working on a home renovation project where he'd been tasked with repairing a weathered roof. This house had one of those steep roofs, which makes it difficult to work on them. Since Craig knew it'd be tricky, he and the rest of the team made a point of laying felt down across the roof, so that their shoes would be able to dig into it and get a secure foothold.
As an additional safety measure, they set up two fall-protection harness. Craig's was secured to a lifeline near the right of the house, which another employee set up for him. Between the harness and the felt on the roof, the team felt prepared and began to work.
It wasn't long before things all fell apart. As Craig stepped onto the roof, the felt slipped beneath his feet. It hadn't been properly secured, and Craig lost his footing and fell backwards off of the house. This is where the fall-protection harness comes in... or at least, it would have, if it had been set up properly. Unfortunately, there was far too much slack on the rope, meaning that Craig simply dropped from the roof and landed on his back.
Craig suffered several broken bones as well as a significant blow to his head. Upon taking a closer look at why this all happened, it became clear that there were several points of failure where the team had let Craig down. It was ultimately determined that the supervisor was at fault, since the mistakes that were made should've been caught and corrected by him. This meant that the company was responsible, and they ended up paying to compensate Craig for his injuries.
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