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California FACE Program Action Page - Preventing Falls Through Skylights

The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. 

This video explains how Joe, a 45-year-old roofing supervisor, was killed when he fell through a skylight... and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Digital stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. See below for video discussion questions, fact sheets, the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions.

 Skylight Video (5.42 minutes) Spanish Skylight Video (6.11 minutes)
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Skylight Digital Story Discussion Questions

  • What caused Joe to fall through the skylight?
  • Have you or someone you know ever faced a similar fall hazard?
  • What are all the different fall protection systems that could have been used at Joe's jobsite?
  • What needs to be done to identify potential fall hazards prior to starting a job?  

Skylight Fatality Investigation Report (PDF)Opens in new browser window

To obtain copies of the video

Download from Vimeo (links below), or order by calling 510-620-5757 or e-mail FACE@cdph.ca.gov

Skylight Video from Vimeo



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Last modified on: 7/1/2014 1:55 PM