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Volunteer fire fighter dies when tanker crashes into boulder and tree - Oregon.
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 F2001-36, 2002 Sep; :1-7
On August 19, 2001, a 52-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) died after he lost control of the tanker truck he was driving when the right front tire ruptured, resulting in a blowout. The truck struck a large boulder and tree, entrapping the victim in the cab. He was extricated from the truck, and the Medical Examiner pronounced him dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: develop comprehensive apparatus maintenance programs in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and instructions that include regularly scheduled inspections, documentation, and procedures for removing apparatus out of service until major defects are repaired; develop, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the use of seat belts in all emergency vehicles; ensure all drivers of fire department vehicles receive driver training at least twice a year.
Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Firemen; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-fighting; Emergency-responders; Region-10
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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