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Accident: 514562 - Employee Killed When Struck By Elevator Counterweight

Accident: 514562 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 10/13/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10665041910/16/19891799Thermo Tech, Inc.
On October 13, 1989, Employee #1, laborer, was working with another employee and stripping asbestos fireproofing material off the walls of an elevator hoist way. He was working from a scaffold built in the pit up to the plaza level but climbed over the rail and was standing on a beam. Another employee got on the elevator car in the same hoist way and took the car up to the top floor. The limit switch was reset not to allow the car to pass the 5th floor. As the car was moving up, the counterweight of 4500 lb was moving down the guidelines that were approximately 24 in. from the back wall of the hoist way. Just when Employee #1 was stepping between the guide rails from the beam back onto the scaffold when the counterweight came down, struck Employee #1's left shoulder, crushed his chest, and killed him.
Keywords: beam, shoulder, rail, construction, hoist, crushed, pit, elevator, asbestos, scaffold
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106650419 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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