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Accident: 14543128 - Employee Killed In Fall Down Elevator Shaft

Accident: 14543128 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 02/01/1985
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196107702/07/19851721Campbell Decorating Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
196106902/07/19851731Wright-Brown Electric Company, Inc.
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196017802/04/19851796Atlanta Elevator Erectors, Inc.
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196014502/01/19856512Atlantic Realty Company
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196018602/04/19851742Walls, Incorporated
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196108502/07/19851711Emc Inc
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196111902/07/19851542Bcb Company
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196110102/07/19851711Mckenney'S Inc
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196109302/07/19851731Johnson Controls Inc
Employee #1 and five coworkers rode the Otis freight elevator from the third to the ninth floor. The elevator operator got out of the car and held the hoistway door open. As Employee #1 was exiting, the extension cord he had coiled around his left shoulder became caught on the elevator control, holding it in the 'up' position. The elevator car started up, pulling him into the shaft. He fell to the bottom of the pit, suffering multiple head and body injuries. Employee #1 was killed. The freight elevator had been installed in April, 1924. It had a toggle-type deadman control which, when pushed and held in one direction, took the elevator up, and vice versa. The elevator was being changed to a pulley automatic system. New hoistway doors had been installed but were not yet interlocked, so the elevator was able to move even though the doors were open. The elevator car gate had also been removed.
Keywords: deadman control, elevator shaft, elevator gate, elevator, fall, work rules, construction, interlock
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1961077 Occupation Not Listed
2 1961069 Occupation Not Listed
3 1960178 Occupation Not Listed
4 1960145 Occupation Not Listed
5 1960186 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
6 1961085 Occupation Not Listed
7 1961119 Occupation Not Listed
8 1961101 Occupation Not Listed
9 1961093 Occupation Not Listed

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