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Accident: 14328520 - Employee Crushed By Weapons Elevator Flight Deck Of Carrier

Accident: 14328520 -- Report ID: 0316110 -- Event Date: 06/06/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
110059311/28/19843731Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Three employees were welding the rain gutter on a weapons elevator located on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier. They were using the elevator car as a work platform. Two electricians were using continuity testers on the weapons elevator electrical system. The main circuit breaker for the weapons elevator had been tagged "Caution." It was only to be operated by the electrical department. On June 24, 1984, the electricians checked the circuit breaker at 10:30 a.m. It was still open and tagged. When the electricians activated a switch in the electrical system the elevator car moved up approximately 6 feet to the flight deck. This action struck one employee on the shoulder and crushed another's head between the elevator car and flight deck. Subsequent investigation revealed that someone had switched on the main circuit breaker, which still had the caution tag on it.
Keywords: head, aircraft carrier, electrical, lockout, circuit breaker, elevator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1100593 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 1100593 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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