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Accident: 648634 - One Employee Killed, One Injured By Falling Elevator

Accident: 648634 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 04/09/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10148343604/13/19938412The Frick Collection
Employee #1 was working alongside his supervisor, Employee #2, the chief engineer for the Frick Collection Museum. They were attempting to free a sidewalk-type elevator, which ran 3 stories from the sidewalk to the sub-basement and was stuck at the sidewalk level. Debris from garbage that had previously been transported on the elevator was stuck in the opening in the sidewalk. Employee #2 had been trying to dislodge the stuck elevator with a long steel bar when the elevator frame crushed him between the sidewalk and the top of the frame, killing him. The same framework struck Employee #1 as it fell, injuring his head and wrenching his back so severely that he was hospitalized. The elevator shaft was approximately 12 ft 9 in. to the pit and the elevator was approximately 3 ft 8 1/2 in. by 6 ft 5 1/2 in.
Keywords: head, maintenance, stuck, back, caught between, crushed, struck by, elevator, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101483436 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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