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Accident: 127374.015 - Employee In Elevator Shaft Is Struck By Falling Bar And Dies

Accident: 127374.015 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 06/29/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1481297.01506/30/2020Parkway Elevators, Inc.
At 12:00 p.m. on June 29, 2020, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by an eleva tor company, were installing new elevator cable in a freight elevator during the renovation of a six-story commercial building. The coworker was standing on to p of the elevator car that was just above the sixth floor. He was feeding eleva tor cable down to Employee #1, who was on the basement level of the elevator sha ft. In the sixth floor hallway outside the elevator opening were two reel stand s, Greenlee Model Number 687; a horizontal reel spindle bar; and a 140-foot long reel of elevator cable that was placed on the spindle bar. As the elevator cab le ran low, it caused the reels to jerk. The horizontal reel spindle bar dislod ged and fell through a 12.5-inch gap between the bottom of the elevator car and the sixth floor elevator opening. The spindle bar fell approximately 84.5 feet and struck Employee #1 in the head. Emergency services transported Employee #1 to the hospital, where he died from his head injury on June 30, 2020.
Keywords: construction, elevator, falling object, head, installing, mechanic, metal bar, shaft, spindle, struck by, support cable
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   6 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1481297.015 61 M Fatality Mechanical engineering technicians FallDist:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation

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