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A volunteer fire fighter dies of head injuries after falling off a responding open-cab ladder truck - Pennsylvania.

Authors
Schmidt-ER; Romano-NT
Source
NIOSH 2000 May; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20000767
Abstract
On November 2, 1999, a volunteer fire fighter sustained a traumatic head injury after falling off a responding open-cab ladder truck. This injury led to his death the following day. The victim was part of a volunteer crew of six personnel which also included a driver, an officer, and three other fire fighters. The crew was responding to provide mutual-aid assistance to an adjoining community. As the ladder truck was leaving the station, the victim was reported to be standing behind the officer and Fire Fighter #1 in the open crew compartment of the vehicle. None of the responding personnel reported wearing seat belts. Shortly after the ladder truck left the fire station and completed the second turn, Fire Fighter #1 realized the victim was missing and signaled to have the ladder truck stopped. The crew dismounted the ladder truck and ran back to the victim, who was lying in the roadway. They gave him emergency medical care, and he was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1) ensure that the emergency fire apparatus are equipped and functional to provide adequate safety for the riders and drivers/operators; 2) ensure that all fire fighters who ride on emergency fire apparatus are seated and secured by seat belts.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Fire-fighting-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Safety-measures; Region-3; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20000525
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2004-100811
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-99-F45
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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