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Accident: 100453.015 - Employee Troubleshooting Elevator Has Arm Crushed

Accident: 100453.015 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 10/25/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1275078.01510/30/2017Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc
At 8:00 a.m. on October 25, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by a com pany in the renewable energy industry, were working at the construction site for a new project. They were standing in an elevator that failed to move and were attempting to troubleshoot the problem. Employee #1 climbed halfway out through the overhead hatch and was moving onto the ladder when Coworker #1 pushed the e levator's up arrow and the elevator began to move. Employee #1 was crushed betw een the elevator and the ladder. Emergency services were called, and Employee # 1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a fractured and punctured right arm. During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the interlock switch, which should have prevented the elevator from moving with the overhead hatch open, was damaged and not functioning.
Keywords: arm, caught between, construction, crushed, elevator, equipment failure, fracture, ladder, puncture, shaft
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition   280
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1275078.015 25 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing

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