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Company owner dies after falling 15 feet down an freight elevator shaft.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1994 Jun; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026582
Abstract
On December 1, 1993, the 46 year-old owner of a clothing manufacturing company was killed after falling 15 feet down a freight elevator shaft. The incident occurred in a large three-story warehouse where the victim was renting space for his clothing manufacturing business. At about 5 p.m., the owner was trying to move a customer order from his second floor work shop to the loading dock on the first floor. Because the call buttons on the freight elevator were not functioning, the victim went to the first floor to raise the elevator to the second floor. Not realizing that the elevator was on the second floor, the victim opened the elevator door in the dark vestibule and stepped into the empty elevator shaft, falling 15 feet into the warehouse basement. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Building owners and employers should insure that elevators are maintained in proper working order. 2. Building owners and employers should insure that entrances, exits, and work areas are properly lit.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Manual-controls; Warehousing; Lighting; Lighting-systems
Publication Date
19940630
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-109353
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-93NJ115; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-31
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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