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Inspection: 310100284 - Schindler Elevator Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Foster City District Office

Nr: 310100284Report ID: 0950613Open Date: 07/11/2011

Schindler Elevator Corporation
1501 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
NAICS: 238190/ Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Mailing: 555 Mccormick Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/26/2011
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:03/03/2013
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101137263    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $18,000
Current Penalty $25,000 $25,000
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 1670 A 10/16/2011 11/18/2011 $25,000 $18,000 $0 11/09/2011 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201128345Event: 04/30/2011Employee Falls In Elevator Shaft Breaks Pelvis
Approximately 2 pm on April 29, 2011 a reportable injury occurred at 1501 Page M ill Rd. in Palo Alto the injury was timely reported by the employer. The injured Employee #1, an apprentice elevator mechanic was working with a foreman and mec hanic for the installation of a new hydraulic elevator into a 3 level office bui lding. There were two personnel assigned to the crew for this installation. At t he time of the accident the foreman was at the bottom of the hoist way about 19 feet below the landing where Employee #1 was working near the hoist way opening on level 2. Prior to and at the time of the accident, the workers were in the pr ocess of lowering equipment, tools and materials into the hoist way by use of a pulley which the foreman had installed at the top of the hoist way and a capstan motor installed at the base of the shaft with a hoist line and shackle. The mat erials to be lowered included six, sixteen-foot metal elevator rails. Employee # 1 would attach the end of the hoist line to the leading end of the rail through a hole in the rail end and then manually lift the trailing end and walk it forwa rd while straddling it as the foreman ran the capstan motor until the trailing e nd cleared the landing at the 2nd floor level, at which point the rail was then lowered down to the bottom. Employee #1 experienced difficulty untying the first rail they lowered because the shackle in the end of the 16 ft. rail was 3 ft. b elow the edge of the hoist way 2nd level landing when it reached bottom, requiri ng him to reach down into the hoist way to disconnect it. He next utilized some 1/2 inch nylon rope to extend the hoist line length and lifted four more rails i n this manner which allowed him to disconnect without leaning into the hoist way , however he was not wearing or using the available fall protection equipment du ring these lifts. The nylon rope apparently loosened while lifting the final rai l, but this occurred before the trailing end had cleared the edge of the 2nd lev el landing. Employee #1 was about 3 feet from the edge of the hoist way when the leading end of the rail began to drop downward and the trailing end began to sh ift back into the 2nd level landing. Eventually the trailing end being carried b y Employee #1 levered upward as the leading end fell into the hoist way, catapul ting him forward and into the hoist way. Employee #1 landed on the concrete floo r below, suffering multiple injuries including: broken vertebrae, broken left an kle, broken left tibia and fibula, and a broken pelvis. The foreman for this cre w failed to ensure that Employee #1 or himself were using fall protection where exposed to potential falls into the elevator hoist way. The Division concluded t hat this accident was preventable had the provisions of T8 CCR 1670(a) been foll owed to ensure the use of fall protection and a serious accident-related violati on was issued.
Keywords: hoisting mechanism, rope, health care facility, shackle, excavator, fall
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310100284 Hospitalized injury Fracture Elevator installers and repairers

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