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Floor collapse in a single family dwelling fire claims the life of one fire fighter and injures another - Kentucky.
Braddee RW; Casini VJ; Pettit TA; Stout NA
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 97-04, 1997 May; :1-8
On February 17, 1997, two male fire fighters (the victim and injured) were part of a fire company that responded to a single family dwelling fire. When the fire company arrived at the fire scene, the District Major reported heavy smoke emitting from the roof area of the dwelling. The victim and injured pulled two water hoses from the engine they were assigned to and proceeded toward the dwelling. After knocking down a ceiling fire, they entered the dwelling through the front door and both immediately fell through the floor into the basement area. One fire fighter was seriously injured while the victim died from asphyxiation. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: ensure that fire command always maintains close accountability for all personnel at the fire scene; ensure at least four fire fighters be on the scene before initiating interior fire fighting operations at a working structural fire; ensure that fire fighters who enter hazardous areas, e.g., burning or suspected unsafe structures, be equipped with two-way communications with incident command.
Fire-fighting; Mortality; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Structural-analysis; Emergency-response; Accident-analysis; Floors; Falls; Smoke-inhalation; Hazard-communication; Communications-equipment; Safety-practices; Region-4
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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