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Accident: 14383616 - Employees Crushed To Death By Collapsing Lift

Accident: 14383616 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 02/02/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10654970202/03/19953316H.S. Processing L.P. A Delaware Ltd. Partnership

Employees #1 and #2 were repairing a small hydraulic cylinder on a scissor lift scrap table. The three cylinders were in the bottom of a concrete pit that measured about 8 1/2 ft by 6 1/2 ft by 9 1/2 ft deep. The employees raised the scissor lift to its maximum height, clearing the adjacent floor level by about 10 in. They then placed the forks from a 9,000 lb Caterpillar fork truck under the steel table, which was secured to the top of the lift on one side for extra support. After the employees finished the repair, they began to hook up the cylinder. It was then that the pressure on the hydraulic lines caused the scrap table to pivot upward, slide off the forks, and collapse into the pit, crushing Employees #1 and #2 to death within seconds.

Keywords: collapse, work rules, hydraulic cylinder, crushed, industrial truck, pit, falling object, aerial lift

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106549702 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported
2 106549702 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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