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Volunteer captain dies in engine rollover - Colorado.

Authors
Lutz-V
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE F2008-05, 2010 Feb; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20036515
Abstract
On February 23, 2008, a 33-year-old male volunteer captain (the victim) was fatally injured when the engine he was driving to a medical emergency left the roadway and rolled one-half time onto its top. The victim was ejected from the apparatus and was pronounced dead at the scene. Key contributing factors identified in this fatality include, lack of seat belt use, failure to maintain control of the apparatus, and the location of the radio in the cab. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that all persons responding in emergency apparatus are wearing and belted securely by seat belts at all times the vehicle is in motion; 2. ensure apparatus cab layouts enable drivers to safely access switches and electronic devices while remaining seated and secured by seat belts; 3. provide training to driver/operators as often as necessary to meet the requirements of NFPA 1451, and incorporate specifics on rollover prevention into their standard operating procedures (SOPs). Additionally governing municipalities (federal, state, regional, and local) should consider enacting new, or enhancing current legislation to specifically mandate seat belt use by operators and occupants of fire department vehicles.
Keywords
Region-8; Fire-fighters; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-practices; Motor-vehicles; Work-practices; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighting-equipment; Engineering-controls; Safety-belts; Surveillance
Publication Date
20100212
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-107411
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2008-05
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Services: Public Safety
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; WV
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