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Accident: 638999 - Employee Dies In Elevator Free-Fall

Accident: 638999 -- Report ID: 0216000 -- Event Date: 06/16/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11393999506/16/19941796Dover Elevator Company, Inc.
On June 16, 1994, Employee #1 was working from atop the crosshead of a traction elevator car-sling which was suspended from the machine room at the R-3 level, 60 ft above the elevator pit. The elevator car-sling was hoisted to the R-3 level by a Dallas hoist machine without the governor being roped and without ensuring that the elevator car's safeties were operational. A 5/8 in. sling was installed around the crosshead and an adjacent rail bracket. The sling was unpadded and when the Dallas hoist cable was removed, the 5/8 in. sling failed and the elevator car-sling free-fell. Due to the elevator's governor not being installed and roped, the elevator car's safeties did not actuate in order to stop the car. Employee #1 free-fell with the car-sling 60 ft to the pit and died.
Keywords: unsecured, work rules, construction, equipment failure, fall, sling, elevator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113939995 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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