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Accident: 200677730 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Falling Elevator

Accident: 200677730 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 05/11/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31310189105/11/20099999Xpert Elevator Services, Inc.
At approximately 10:37 a.m. on May 11, 2009, Employee #1 was replacing the control system and pumping unit for an elevator. Employee #1 had performed a similar task in the same complex approximately two weeks earlier. The repair process involved running the elevator car to the fourth floor, shutting down the electrical power to the unit on the same floor, and then going into the elevator pit to turn off the hydraulic valve. The hydraulic valve apparently failed during this process. Hydraulic fluid spilled from the line, causing the elevator car to drop from the fourth floor and crush Employee #1 in the elevator pit. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: repair, hydraulic fluid, equipment failure, hydraulic line, crushed, struck by, elevator, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 4 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313101891 Fatality Concussion Helpers, mechanics and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation
FatCause: Elevator (struck by elevator or counter-weights)

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