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Floor collapse in a single family dwelling fire claims the life of one fire fighter and injures another - Kentucky.

Authors
Braddee-RW; Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Stout-NA
Source
NIOSH 1997 May; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000273
Abstract
On February 17, 1997, two male fire fighters (the victim and injured) were part of a fire company that responded to a single family dwelling fire. When the fire company arrived at the fire scene, the District Major reported heavy smoke emitting from the roof area of the dwelling. The victim and injured pulled two water hoses from the engine they were assigned to and proceeded toward the dwelling. After knocking down a ceiling fire, they entered the dwelling through the front door and both immediately fell through the floor into the basement area. One fire fighter was seriously injured while the victim died from asphyxiation. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: ensure that fire command always maintains close accountability for all personnel at the fire scene; ensure at least four fire fighters be on the scene before initiating interior fire fighting operations at a working structural fire; ensure that fire fighters who enter hazardous areas, e.g., burning or suspected unsafe structures, be equipped with two-way communications with incident command.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Mortality; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Structural-analysis; Emergency-response; Accident-analysis; Floors; Falls; Smoke-inhalation; Hazard-communication; Communications-equipment; Safety-practices; Region-4
Publication Date
19970509
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-155665
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-97-04
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia
State
KY; WV
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