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Caught between the cage of a cargo elevator
and the underside of the second floor at
a fish processing plant
|[Circumstances of Incident]
The accident involved a cargo elevator
a fish processing company.
This company cleans, salts and lays
pieces in steaming baskets on the first
takes them to the second floor for
process, and packages and ships the
Work at the plant was being carried
usual on the day of the accident. Although
the husband of the victim had been
about lower back pain, he continued
in spite of the pain until around 14:00,
when he decided to leave early as a
when the pain grew worse.
After he left, the victim took over
work under the direction of the firm's
and carried out the delivery work and
work by following the same procedure
through three steps of the work process.
At around 17:20, the victim undertook
last work for the day by loading a
cart into the cage of the elevator,
the button for the second floor and
ascended to the second floor.
When the elevator cage had not returned
the first floor after some 20 minutes,
eldest daughter of the firm's president
that something was wrong as the process
takes some four to five minutes. The
went to the second floor to see what
happened, and found the head of the
was caught between the upper frame
elevator cage and the underside of
floor. The victim was lying on her
at the entrance of the elevator shaft.
The following can be cited as the causes
of this accident.
1 A door was not installed at the entrance
of the elevator shaft on the first
2 A door was not installed at the entrance
of the cage.
3 The elevator structure was such that
when all of the openings to the elevator
shaft were not closed, the elevator
could still move up and down between
4 The victim was operating the elevator
insufficient knowledge and experience
she was doing work that she does not
do. As a result, she did not close
to the elevator shaft while she operated
|[Type of business] Seafood processing
[Type of accident] Caught
[Number of victims] One fatality