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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 688085 Event: 09/19/1991Employee Dies Of Asphyxia After Falling From Ladder
Employee #1, an elevator maintenance mechanic, was working alone in an elevator shaft pit. He was found dead and suspended upside down by his left leg, which was entangled in the sixth rung of a ladder. Evidence indicates that he had been dead for some time. Employee #1 died of asphyxia due to aspiration of gastric contents caused by blunt impact to the head, sustained presumably while he was either ascending or descending the fixed ladder.
Keywords: head, maintenance, asphyxiated, ladder, mechanic, pit, fall, entangled, elevator shaft, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 108836180 Fatality Asphyxia Elevator installers and repairers

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