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Accident: 14565634 - Employee Killed In Fall Down Elevator Shaft

Accident: 14565634 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 09/26/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
256843409/26/19851731Kelly Electric & Mechanical Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
256845909/26/19851522L G Lefler Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
256842609/26/19858748Optimum Resource Utilization Inc
Employee #1 was walking from his parking space to his work area, crossing the ground floor of the parking garage, which was under construction. Instead of using the safe access on the west end, he took a shortcut on the north side, passing by an open elevator shaft. A 2 in. by 12 in. plank, which ran from the parking garage floor across a ditch to the side of a hill, was adjacent to the southwest corner of the open shaft. The west wall of the shaft had rebar extending approximately 32 in. above the floor, and the plank ran between the rebar. When Employee #1 passed through the rebar, he lost his balance and fell into the 15 ft 4 in. deep shaft. He struck the elevator hydraulic shaft that extended 5 ft above the floor, then fell into the southwest corner of the elevator shaft. He suffered a fractured skull and died as a result of massive brain damage. Barricades had been placed in front of the shaft, but someone had removed them to avoid having to walk to the west end to exit.
Keywords: skull, lost balance, unguarded fl opening, fall, unguarded, work rules, walking on plank, elevator shaft, fracture, construction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2568434 Fatality Fracture Electricians
2 2568459 Occupation Not Listed
3 2568426 Occupation Not Listed

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