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Accident: 202341525 - Employee Is Killed In Fall In Elevator Shaft

Accident: 202341525 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 05/30/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31001773605/31/20061799Advance Elevator Co. Inc.
Employee #1 was standing at the edge of the elevator shaft entranceway at the fourth floor level. The guardrail at the entranceway was not in place, and Employee #1 was not wearing personal fall protection. He was attempting to take two wood planks that were being lowered to him by a chain hoist operated by a coworker on the fifth floor. Employee #1 grabbed the planks and attempted to hold them the ends of the planks standing on the floor at his feet. The hoist hook disconnected from the planks leaving Employee #1 supporting the boards. He was not able to hold them and he and the planks fell into the shaft. Employee #1 fell approximately 30 feet through the shaft to the ground level. Soon thereafter, he died.
Keywords: fracture, ppe, struck against, construction, skull, fall, fall protection, unguarded, work surface, elevator shaft
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 7 70 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310017736 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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