‘Take another look at it’ proves fatal for elevator maintenance worker

by on April 1, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

An airport worker at RLB International Airport in the Caribbean island nation of St. Kitts was crushed to death inside an elevator shaft last week. Askeo Farrell, 33, was found inside the shaft two days after he went missing.

Farrell reportedly had just repaired the elevator, but was asked to take another look at it before the end of his shift. He was found two days later at the bottom of the shaft.

The elevator was reportedly known for having problems and needed frequent maintenance.

When it comes to erratic equipment performance in high-hazard situations, you’re better off pairing people up. Many fatal accidents occur when no one else is around, either to assist in safety preparations or to help in case of an incident. Also, in this case, the elevator should have been locked out, as the worker was exposing himself to crushing hazards if the lift moved.

Finally, there’s only so much patchwork you can do on equipment. If people need to repeatedly repair the same equipment, such as multiple times on the same shift, they are more likely to skip important safety steps (such as lockout). You’re better off overhauling or replacing the equipment, or establishing, if possible, time saving safety procedures (having safety equipment right there or methods for rapid lockout, for example).

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