Ed, a young roof mechanic, had worked for AM & P Roofing for
almost two years and earned a reputation as a dependable
One early May morning, he and his fellow roofing workers were
sent to a job site at a small shopping complex to install a
built-up roof system.
The crew set up the proper fall-protection systems, which
included warning lines stationed at least 6 feet from the roof
edge, and wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE),
including sturdy work boots, long pants with no cuffs, long-sleeved
shirts and protective eyewear.
The day was sunny and dry, and Joe, the foreman, reminded the
workers to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. A water
cooler and disposable cups were provided on the roof, but Ed didn't
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