$55,000 Fine Imposed in Elevator Incident

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Two crews were working in adjacent elevator shafts: the upper crew worked at taking apart a temporary platform in one shaft while the lower crew cleaned the bottom of the other shaft. Part of a support post was dropped by a member of the upper crew and it struck a worker from the lower crew, causing arm injuries. The employer pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that materials were moved in a manner that didn’t endanger a worker. The court fined it $55,000 [Kone Inc., Govt. News Release, July 27, 2011].