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Accident: 14567945 - Two Employees Injured In Fall When Suspension Device Breaks

Accident: 14567945 -- Report ID: 0418500 -- Event Date: 04/02/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1513830804/18/19851796Otis Elevator
Employees #1 and #2 were installing a permanent elevator in an elevator shaft. To install ducts for the electrical wiring, they were standing on the car platform which was suspended approximately 15 ft above the first floor by a 3/4 in. hemp rope, a Thompson 500 electric hoist, and a pulley. The rope was tied around two pieces of metal beam at the top of the platform. These pieces of metal had sharp edges that cut the rope, causing the elevator to fall. Employee #1 suffered a fractured left heel and Employee #2 sustained a compound fracture of his right leg, three cracked vertebrae, a crushed left heel, and a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.
Keywords: installing, rope, work rules, construction, equipment failure, fall, elevated work plat, elevator shaft
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15138308 Hospitalized injury Fracture Precision assemblers, metal
2 15138308 Hospitalized injury Fracture Precision assemblers, metal

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