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TWO WORKMEN SURVIVE TEXAS ROOF FALL

Roof maintenance risks at Dallas Stadium highlighted by 70ft slide

Two construction workers undertaking roof maintenance work on the Dallas Cowboys Stadium roof in Texas and have survived a 7oft slid but have been left with severe injuries. Reports suggest the surface of the roof was icy and the workmen were not wearing a safety harness at the time. Injuries included a broken leg, chest injuries, potential traumatic brain injury and back injuries

The emergency services used ‘catwalk system’ within the stadium to reach the two men stranded on a ledge.

Comment: The design of the roof structure is impressive. The structure is said to include the ‘largest and steepest retractable roof in the world’.

It would be interesting to know what system had been included with the design to allow roof maintenance to proceed safely. Does the incident represent a failure by the workman to use an installed fall arrest system or a lack of regard for safety at the design stage?

The ideal would be a design that did not rely on personal protective systems to secure safety during roof maintenance. A challenge in this case!     

 

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