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Accident: 14443170 - Fall Down Dumbwaiter Shaft

Accident: 14443170 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 11/17/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1523913011/19/19841742Sweeney Company Of Maryland
EMPLOYEE WAS FRAMING INTERIOR WALLS AND DUMBWAITER SHAFT FOR DRYWALL INSTALLATION ON 6TH FLOOR OF A CONSTRUCTION SITE. DURING THE COURSE OF THIS WORK EMPLOYEE REMOVED FLOOR OPENING COVER TO FIND OR CHALK LAYOUT LINES. HE SUBSEQUENTLY FELL THRU 40" X 41" OPENING TO THE BASE OF THE SHAFT 7 FLOORS BELOW.. HE SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES. FATALITY COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED HAD TEMPORARY FLOORS BEEN INSTALLED AT LOWER LEVELS AND HAD THE EMPLOYER IMPLEMENTED A STRICT POLICY OF REQUIRING THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS ATTACHED TO APPROPRIATE LIFELINES WHEN WORKING AROUND OPEN SHAFTS.
Keywords: cover, open shaft, fall, floor opening, temporary floor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15239130 Fatality Fracture Drywall installers

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