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Authors
McFall-M
Source
Fire Chief 2001 Mar; 45(3):62-64
NIOSHTIC No.
20021390
Abstract
When firefighters and paramedics respond to an incident along a highway, they often don't realize that they may be in as much danger from passing traffic as when they enter a burning building. Motorists accustomed to a clear, unobstructed roadway may not recognize and avoid closed lanes, emergency workers on or near the roadway, and a variety of fixed object hazards. In addition, weather conditions can impair motorists' ability to see and avoid firefighters and apparatus. Between 1995 and 1999, 17 firefighters were struck and killed by motorists, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This is an 89% increase in this type of line-of-duty death from 1990 to 1994, when nine firefighters were killed. Early estimates for 2000 show five deaths and 20 injuries. (See sidebar.) In 1999, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigated two cases where a firefighter was struck and killed by a motorist while providing emergency services along the roadside. In Oklahoma, one firefighter died and a second was severely injured, and in South Carolina, a firefighter was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck. These cases illustrate some of the hazards firefighters face while working along roadways.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Paramedical-services; Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Injuries; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Motor-vehicles; Occupational-hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20010301
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0015-2552
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Fire Chief
State
WV
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