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Motor-vehicle incident claims the life of a volunteer fire fighter and injures a lieutenant and another fire fighter - South Carolina.

Authors
Cortez-K
Source
NIOSH 2000 May; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000570
Abstract
A 34-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) died after the engine he was driving veered off the road and rolled two times before coming to rest. The incident occurred while the victim, a Lieutenant, and another fire fighter were responding in Engine 11 to a motor-vehicle incident involving injuries. While en route, the tires on the engine's right side dropped off the road surface. As the victim attempted to bring the engine back onto the roadway, he overcompensated, causing the engine to cross the oncoming lane of traffic. The engine crossed a small ditch rolled across another roadway, crossed another ditch, and rolled again before coming to rest in a resident's yard. The Lieutenant and fire fighter were thrown from the engine and the victim was killed instantly. The lieutenant and fire fighter were taken by ambulance to a local hospital where they were treated and released. The victim, who was entrapped in the vehicle, was removed 1 hour later. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: Establish, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the use of seatbelts in all emergency vehicles; ensure drivers of fire apparatus do not move vehicles until all occupants in vehicles are secured with seatbelts; ensure all drivers of fire department vehicles are responsible for the safe and prudent operation of the vehicle under all conditions; ensure all drivers of fire department vehicles receive driver training at least twice a year.
Keywords
Region-4; Seat-belts; Drivers-training; Safety-belts; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Drivers; Emergency-responders; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20000525
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-107702
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-99-F33
NIOSH Division
DSR;
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
SC; WV
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