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Accident: 200840544 - Employee Killed In Fall From Grain Bin Elevator

Accident: 200840544 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 07/05/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30061158907/06/20004221Sorrells Farm Supply, Inc.
Employee #1, a worker at a grain bin facility, apparently fell 80 ft to 90 ft out of the one-person electric elevator, and then had his legs crushed by the descending elevator car. He was killed. There were no witnesses to the accident, but coworkers later stated that Employee #1 commonly rode the elevator with the door open because his body was too large to ride with the door in its normal, closed position. He would bypass the door's electrical interlock either by manually holding it in the closed position or by using a matchbook to hold it in the closed position. This allowed him to bypass the elevator's safety mechanism and operate the car with the door open.
Keywords: elevator gate, work rules, interlock, crushed, fall, elevator, door, grain bin, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300611589 Fatality Other Elevator operators

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