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Accident: 201168440 - Employee Fractures Leg While Cutting Cable Under Tension

Accident: 201168440 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 02/22/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615447502/22/20071795Teg/Lvi Environmental Services
Employee #1 works for a company that specializes in hazardous material remediation and demolition services. The job site was a County building, built in 1935. The scope of work for this company was hazardous material removal, and removal and storage of historical and architectural elements, for future restoration of this site. Included in the scope of work was the demolition, and removal of the original elevators. The elevator cars had been landed on the bottom floor, then the counterweights were supported by a winch, and their cables cut. They then landed the counterweight, with the winch. Employee #1 was assigned to use an oxy-acetylene cutting torch to cut the wire rope into pieces small enough to be carried out of the shaft. After Employee #1 cut a pile of the rope, one piece was caught, so he got onto a 16-in. wide ledge behind the counterweight stack, and cut the stuck piece. As soon as it was cut, a loop of rope under and behind Employee #1 started to move and the counterweights slid down approximately 2 ft additional. The coil of wire wrapped around Employee #1's lower leg as he tried to stand up and broke both bones in his lower leg. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, demolition, wire rope, caught by, elevator, cutting and burning, elevator shaft, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 8
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126154475 Hospitalized injury Fracture Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation
FatCause: Elevator (struck by elevator or counter-weights)

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