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Preventing deaths and injuries of fire fighters working above fire-damaged floors.

Authors
Merinar-T; Tarley-J; Koedam-R
Source
NIOSH 2009 Feb; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20035051
Abstract
Fire fighters are at risk of falling through fire-damaged floors. Fire burning underneath floors can significantly degrade the floor system with little indication to fire fighters working above. Floors can fail within minutes of fire exposure, and new construction technology such as engineered wood floor joists may fail sooner than traditional construction methods. NIOSH recommends that fire fighters use extreme caution when entering any structure that may have fire burning beneath the floor.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; Emergency-responders; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Surveillance
Publication Date
20090201
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Workplace Solutions
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-106353
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2009-114
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Services: Public Safety
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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