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Pole barn safety law signed

Published (5/20/2011)
By Kris Berggren
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A 47-year-old father of seven died recently after a fall through a skylight on a pole barn roof. A new law could prevent similar accidents.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law May 13 directing the state building code to require that skylight panels used with corrugated roofing materials, such as those used in pole barns, have the same load-bearing capacity as the roof surrounding them. It does not apply to skylights with curbs.

The law, sponsored by Rep. Mike LeMieur (R-Little Falls) and Sen. Doug Magnus (R-Slayton), is effective May 14, 2011.

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