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Accident: 200770204 - Employee Killed In Fall From Roof Access Ladder

Accident: 200770204 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 06/04/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12212121306/05/19981796Eagle Elevator Co., Inc.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 4, 1998, Employee #1 and a mechanic, both of Eagle Elevator, responded to a repair call at Gateway Self Storage, along with a coworker of Traction Elevator Company, Inc. Apparently, the mechanic was walking into the warehouse toward the elevator while Employee #1 and the second coworker remained outside. Employee #1 began to climb a fixed metal ladder on the exterior of the building toward the rooftop control unit. He set his tool bag and a circuit board on the roof and began climbing off the ladder and onto the roof. The second coworker, thinking Employee #1 was already on the roof, began to climb the ladder. The movement caused Employee #1 to lose his grip and he fell, landing on his back across the tubular metal railing and striking his head against the concrete floor. He was airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, where he died the following day of head injuries sustained in the fall.
Keywords: head, repair, work rules, mechanic, construction, fixed ladder, vibrations, fall, communication, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 25 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 122121213 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Helpers, mechanics and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation
FatCause: Fall from roof

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