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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Accidents in elevator hoist way – non elevator trades
This last week I learned about 2 newer accidents in the
1 x Miami, FL – A man working at MET Miami Project fell 4
stories down an elevator shaft. He was a
construction worker. The person was
taken to the hospital.
1 x Simi Valley, CA – Construction worker fell down a 4
story building’s elevator hoist way. The
person was taken to the hospital.
In the State of Illinois there is a notice put out by the
State Fire Marshall about people entering hoist ways, it needs to be under the
supervision of a licensed elevator contractor. In our state we had a series of accidents from smoke detector companies accessing the elevator hoist way unattended. The cost for a trained person to be onsite during hoist way work is much less expensive then an accident occurring at your building.
The Miami and Simi Valley accidents may be from not
protecting the elevator shaft. Impossible
to say without seeing the site. But one
thing we can say is maybe there could have been more we could have done to
prevent the accidents.
We had a post about demo companies and open hoist ways
back in 2015 which is worth a read.
Let’s be safe, lets identify unsafe conditions and bring
it to the attention of the building owner or general contractor. Someone’s complacency could be another person’s
life ending. Saying something could save
someone’s life. Lets go to work and come home safe.
There is an event coming up put on by NAESAI about
elevator constructor’s safety and the protection of elevator people. If you have time to go, it will be worth it.
Thank you to Tom Sybert for his elevator radio show which alerts us to these events so we can learn from them.