Brian Jacobs, owner of Jacobs Roofing Co., was conscientious
about safe work practices and ensured his employees
participated in regular safety training. He was pleased with his
company's safety record of no serious injuries.
One day, a Jacobs Roofing crew was reroofing a house for a
longtime, loyal customer. The workers used appropriate fall
protection, and each worker wore personal protective equipment,
including sturdy work boots, work gloves and protective
As the workers tore off the old shingles, a new worker, Manny,
removed a halogen security light from the fascia so he could remove
the shingles and drip edge. He was careful not to disturb the
fixture and tacked the loose light onto the exposed roof deck.
Later that day, Bill, the homeowner, arrived and spoke with
Jack, the foreman, who told him work was going well and would be
finished ahead of schedule. Bill went into his house and began
turning on lights. He went upstairs to the attic he had converted
into an office. He turned on the light, searching for some papers.
When he found what he was looking for, he went back downstairs,
forgetting to switch off the lights; the switch also operated
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