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Inspection: 310569991 - Winner Aviation

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

Nr: 310569991Report ID: 0522300Open Date: 04/10/2007

Winner Aviation
1453 Youngstown Kingsville Road
Vienna, OH 44473
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4581/Airports, Flying Fields, and Airport Terminal Services
NAICS: 488190/Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/12/2007
Close Case:01/29/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100104280    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $3,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,750
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100147 C01 09/14/2007 11/01/2007 $0 $1,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100303 B02 09/14/2007 09/19/2007 $2,000 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 02001 Other 19100147 C07 IB 09/14/2007 11/01/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02002 Other 19100157 G02 09/14/2007 11/01/2007 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02003 Other 19100178 L04 III 09/14/2007 11/01/2007 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200102754Event: 04/09/2007Employee Is Crushed And Killed By Closing Hangar Door
At 9:08 a.m. on April 9, 2007, Employee #1 was working at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, between Youngstown and Warren, Ohio. He was working alone, when he was notified that Hangar 2 North needed to be opened up for an inbound flight. The hangar is equipped with two personnel access doors mounted in the aircraft hangar doors for employee access. Although both doors were locked, Employee #1 did not get the keys from the land shack. When the 19 foot 7 inch-wide aircraft hangar doors were in their closed position, the door frame was 3 inches from the hangar frame. This 3 inch space was taken up by a flexible rubber weather seal. The doors were operated using constant pressure control buttons mounted on the inside of the hangar door, 11.75 inches from the leading edge. The door controls consisted of two buttons, "open" and "close," that required the operator to maintain constant pressure and accompany the door as it was being opened or closed to ensure that the door pathway was clear of obstructions. The lead door was motorized, and it moved the other doors through a cascading-type opening and closing process. The lead door had two limit switches installed, one for the "doors open" position and another for the "doors closed" position. Anyone moving the doors ran them until the open or closed limit switch was activated, stopping the door movement, or until he released the control button prior to activation of the limit switches. The control buttons were recessed in a ring guard to prevent inadvertent activation, but approximately two years ago, the controls had been modified by a previous tenant. Holes had been drilled through the ring guards to allow the insertion of a 2.5-inch-long nail that was kept suspended by a chain next to the controls. The nail could be inserted through the holes in the ring guard to hold constant pressure on the buttons. This modification allowed the doors to open and close until the limit switch was reached without having an operator accompany them. On the day of the accident, it appears that the doors had been previously closed by use of the nail. Employee #1 arrived outside the hangar door and stuck his arm around the door and through the rubber seal to the control buttons on the inside of the hangar. At this time, the nail was still holding the "close" button switch depressed. When Employee #1 pressed the "open" button, the door started to open, and he started through the gap between the door and the door frame. When he released the "open" button, however, the "close door" circuit was energized, as the nail was holding the "close" button depressed. The door immediately started to close, catching Employee #1 between the door and the frame, and crushing his head, chest, and body. He was found pinned in the door, with the door motor deenergized through activation of the motor's overheat thermal disconnect switch. He had been killed.
Keywords: chest, head, airport, deadman control, interlock, caught between, crushed, elderly, door, equipment approval
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310569991 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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