MSHA Alert: Elevator Safety

| Published on February 28, 2014

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the preliminary report on a Feb. 21, 2014 fatality at a cement operation.

The incident involved a 34-year-old contract with 6 months of experience who was killed when he stepped stepped into an elevator shaft on the fourth floor and fell about 51 feet to the top of the elevator car located on the ground floor.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for elevator use:

  • Immediately report any elevator problems to management.

  • Ensure that any problems affecting the safety of an elevator are repaired promptly.

  • Ensure that elevator doors interlocks, which prevent the door from being opened unless the elevator car is present, are functional.

  • Ensure that elevator doors will not open unless an elevator car is at the floor landing.

  • Install audible signals that sound when the elevator car is at the landing prior to the doors opening.

  • Train all persons to be aware of their surroundings when entering or exiting an elevator car.

The full accident investigation report is not yet available. For more information about this accident, click here.

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