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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 23815.015 Event: 08/04/2012Employee Is Killed In A Fall From Manlift
At 4:00 p.m. on August 4, 2012 Employee #1 was headed to the fifth floor to take a break from servicing filters after complaining of dizziness. Employee #1 was working with two other employees. The estimated indoor ambient temperature was 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Employee #1 intended to use the facility installed B arnard and Leas continuous belt driven Manlift to descend the four floors to a b reak area on the fifth floor. When Employee #1 attempted to disembark the manlif t on the fifth floor he failed to make the transition (faltered) and instead sta yed on the manlift. After descending through the floor opening, he started shak ing and dropped to a crouch on the manlift platform before finally letting go of the handhold. Employee #1 fell from the fourth floor to the basement. This is an estimated height of 60-70 feet. Severe laceration to the head, tramatic bloo d loss. Heat Stress was inconclusive as a causal factor. Employee #1 struck one or more objects while falling. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: fall, floor opening, heat
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 555880.015 Fatality

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