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Accident: 202540944 - Employee'S Hand Is Injured When Struck By Elevator

Accident: 202540944 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/23/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30087261112/07/20096531Gene Kim & Young Kim Dba Kimson Family Trust
At approximately 1:00 am on November 23, 2009, Employee #1, an apartment building property manager, attempted to perform a hydraulic repair of the elevator located in one of the employer's apartment buildings. He entered the elevator shaft to adjust the hydraulic piston packing flange bolts, but did not follow lockout/tagout procedures. He tried to stop the flow of hydraulic fluid by placing his hand over the leak. The elevator car dropped to the bottom of the elevator shaft, and he was trapped in the refuge space under the elevator car for four hours before he could be extricated. He sustained serious injuries to his right hand and was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He was hospitalized for three days.
Keywords: maintenance, repair, finger, lockout, struck by, elevator, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300872611 Hospitalized injury Other Managers, properties and real estate

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