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Accident: 14388722 - Employee Killed When Caught Between Elevator Flights

Accident: 14388722 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 08/22/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10237561508/24/19872033Heinz, U.S.A., Division Of H. J. Heinz Co.
Employee #1, a maintenance welder, had started burning the chains off a flight elevator to put new flights on. He was working at ground level under the low flights, using a come-along to spread them apart, when the elevator started to move. Employee #1 was crushed between the flights, fracturing his skull. He was killed. There were several causal factors related to this accident: no lockout procedures were used, some electrical switches for the elevator were mismarked, and the new employee was not properly trained and supervised in lockout. The elevator was set to travel at 40 ft per minute.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, work rules, welder, lockout, caught between, crushed, skull, elevator, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102375615 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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