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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123273237 - Champion Elevators Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 123273237Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 09/18/2000

Champion Elevators Inc
8400 Villa Dr
Houston, TX 77061
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3534/Elevators and Moving Stairways
Mailing: P.O. Box 12869, Houston, TX 77217

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/18/2000
Close Case:01/15/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $3,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,250
Current Penalty $3,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100178 N11 01/25/2001 02/27/2001 $1,625 $1,625 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100178 O01 01/25/2001 02/27/2001 $1,625 $1,625 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201921889Event: 09/14/2000Employee Killed When Load Shifts And Crushes Him
On September 14, 2000, three banded elevator towers were being loaded into a freight container with the use of a forklift. The bands went through the supporting structures of the top and bottom elevator tower. The middle tower was held in place by the two outer towers and had a slight curve. The forklift operator was attempting to push the banded bundle further into the freight container with his forks engaging the middle tower. This put tension on the bands. The part of the tower for gears to engage stuck out to the side. The applied pressure on the middle tower tightened the bands which caused the bundle to torque. Employee #1 was standing inside the freight container. The towers fell to the side of the gear supports pinning Employee #1 to the wall of the freight container, killing him.
Keywords: pinned, load shift, struck against, crushed, industrial truck, struck by, containerized cargo
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123273237 Fatality Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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