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Preventing Deaths and Injuries to Fire Fighters by Establishing Collapse Zones at Structure Fires

April 2014
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2014-120
Cover page for publication 2014-120

Fire fighters are at significant risk for injury or death due to structural collapse during firefighting operations. Structural collapse often occurs without warning. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that the Incident Commander establish defensive operations and collapse zones when there is potential for a structural collapse during fire-fighting operations.