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Career captain dies and the driver/operator and a fire fighter are severely injured in apparatus crash - Louisiana.

Authors
McFall-M
Source
NIOSH 2006 Oct; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
20031201
Abstract
On December 2, 2005, a male career Captain (the victim) died, and a male driver/operator and a male fire fighter suffered severe injuries when their apparatus struck a passenger van at a four-way intersection, left the road and overturned 1 times. The crew was responding Code 3 (lights and sirens) to a reported gas leak when the incident occurred. The permanent stop lights had been replaced by temporary traffic control stop signs at the intersection as a result of an extended power outage caused by Hurricane Katrina. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. provide members with safety advisories highlighting hazardous situations that may be encountered while responding to, working on the scene, or returning from emergency calls; 2. provide refresher training on and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) for emergency vehicle operations, including the use of seatbelts; 3. ensure that drivers of emergency apparatus come to a complete stop at intersections having a stop sign or a red signal light before proceeding through the intersection. In addition, state and local authorities having responsibility over local roadways should ensure that temporary traffic control devices and traffic control signals are in compliance with the standards set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Keywords
Region-6; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighters; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Drivers; Motor-vehicles; Fire-fighting-equipment; Surveillance
Publication Date
20061020
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-103040
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2005-35
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
LA; WV
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