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Accident: 14484075 - Elevator Fell; Killing Employee

Accident: 14484075 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 04/19/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
61317404/25/19855149Thomas O. Miller & Co. Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
61316604/24/19855812Karl Ehmer D/B/A Karl Ehmer'S Wurst House
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS EMPLOYED AS A DELIVERY MAN FOR A GROCERY WHOLESALE FIRM. WHILE MAKING A DELIVERY, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO PLACE SOME GROCERIES IN A JOB-CONSTRUCTED ELEVATOR TO BE LOWERED 11 FEET INTO A BASEMENT. THE ELEVATOR CAR WAS LODGED IN THE UPPER-MOST POSITION, ABOUT SIX INCHES ABOVE THE UPPER LANDING. THE EMPLOYEE TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO LOWER THE ELEVATOR CAR. THE CAR WAS RUN BY A CONVENTIONAL ELECTRICALLY POWERED CHAIN HOIST. SINCE THE CAR WOULD NOT DESCEND, HE APPARENTLY LET OUT ABOUT EIGHT FEET OF CHAIN, THEN STEPPED INTO THE CAR AND JUMPED TO JOG THE CAR FREE. THE CAR BROKE LOOSE AND FELL EIGHT FEET BEFORE IT WAS STOPPED BY THE CHAIN. ON THE WAY DOWN HE STRUCK HIS CHIN ON THE LANDING, CAUSING FATAL INJURIES.
Keywords: head, stuck, fall, elevator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 613174 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 613166 Occupation Not Listed

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