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Volunteer fire fighter dies after being run over by brush truck during grass fire attack - Texas.

Authors
Koedam-RE; Guglielmo-C
Source
NIOSH 2003 May; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20023205
Abstract
On August 12, 2002, a 28-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) was fatally injured when he was run over by the left front tire of a brush truck. The victim was attacking a grass fire with a charged hoseline from a work platform on the front of a moving brush truck. The brush truck was making a U-turn on the roadway through heavy smoke when a vehicle skidded into it. The victim was ejected from the left side of the work platform and run over by the brush truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should 1. ensure that fire fighters attack a brush fire from a safe place on the apparatus or walk alongside the moving apparatus. 2. ensure that adequate traffic control is in place before turning attention to the emergency. 3. enforce Standard Operating Procedures that require operators of fire apparatus to wear seat belts (restraints) whenever operating the vehicle.
Keywords
Region-6; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-safety; Emergency-responders; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Injuries
Publication Date
20030513
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-106831
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2002-36
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; WV
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