Was The Worker Riding an Elevator or a Materials Lift?
In the article, it was noted that the worker was riding on "AN ELEVATOR WITH NO DOORS." ALL personnel ELEVATORS must be enclosed and meet OSHA standards and safeguards for PERSONNEL lifts and elevators.
This would indicate that the platform this worker was riding was designed for MATERIALS LIFTING ONLY.
By the worker being able to "lean his head outside of the elevator" this could only mean that it was a Material Lift Only.
From the brief article on this fatality, the contractor did not prevent an incident to happen by keeping workers off the lift.
Construction site accident kills man
The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. on a construction site at 4005 Nicholson Drive, EMS spokesman Mark Olson said.
Robert Wayne Barnett Jr., 21, of Arkansas, was riding on a construction elevator when a co-worker called out to him, said Don Moreau, chief of operations with the coroner’s office.
There were no doors on the elevator, Moreau said. Barnett leaned out of the elevator while it was in motion and struck his head on a metal beam. Moreau said the beam was probably made of iron.
Barnett was transported by EMS to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where he died.
Barnett was part of a construction crew employed by Buquet-Leblanc Inc., of Baton Rouge. Bill Firesheets, president of the company, said Barnett started working with them in December.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Firesheets said in a statement. “We are also taking steps to help our employees attempting to cope with the tragic loss of their co-worker.”
Firesheets also said OSHA officials and the company’s corporate safety officer were investigating the accident.