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Accident: 102455.015 - Employee Falls Down An Elevator Shaft And Is Killed

Accident: 102455.015 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 01/23/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1289646.01501/23/2018U-Tek Elevator Inc.
At 8:50 a.m. on January 23, 2018, a crew, consisting of two helpers and a mechan ic, were located on the sixth floor of a building, connecting and locking the st eel cables for the counterweight of an elevator. During work, they determined th at they would move from the 6th floor to the 9th floor to obtain better light. A s the crew was running the elevator shaft platform from the 6th floor to the 9th floor, they realized that the platform was not stopping. After multiple attempt s to stop the platform, the mechanic jumped toward the landing of the mechanical room of an adjacent elevator on the ninth floor; however, was not successful an d fell 94 feet to his death. The two helpers, who were wearing safety harnesses , were dragged along with the frame of the landing platform until they reached t he twelfth floor, exiting the shaft through the elevator door on the eleventh fl oor. One of the helpers injured his head and shoulder that were stuck by the wa lls of the elevator shaft as he was dragged upward. The incident investigation revealed that the mechanic was not wearing a personal fall arrest system.
Keywords: elevator shaft, fall, fall protection
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition   12 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1289646.015 33 M Fatality Elevator installers and repairers FallDist: 94
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation

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