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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 06/25/1999 06/30/1999 $2,250 $4,500 $0 07/20/1999 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200850790 Event: 03/30/1999Employee Killed In Fall Down Elevator Shaft
At approximately 5:29 p.m. on March 30, 1999, Employee #1, a substitute porter at Rockefeller Center in New York City, was taking a freight elevator from the first to the thirty-first floor of an office building, stopping at each floor to pick up the trash. As shown on the surveillance video, he opened the elevator door in the usual manner using a metal rod, stepped in, and fell two stories, approximately 37 ft 8 in., into the pit. The elevator car was not where he expected but on the fifth floor, where it was being used by a coworker for a moving job. Employee #1 lay in the pit until approximately 8:10 p.m., when his foreman found him after hearing his walkie-talkie in the shaft. Emergency Services was called and rescued Employee #1. He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he died the next day of injuries sustained in the accident.
Keywords: janitor, work rules, cleaning, fall, elevator, communication, elevator shaft, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 109894576 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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