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Volunteer fire fighter killed and an assistant chief injured in tanker truck crash - West Virginia.
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 F2001-39, 2002 Sep; :1-5
On November 19, 2001, a 21-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) died and a 32-year-old male Assistant Chief (the driver) was injured when he lost control of the tanker truck he was driving on a steep mountainous road. The driver received injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to a state hospital where he was hospitalized and then discharged the following day. The victim was transported by ambulance to a regional hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should; ensure that all drivers of fire department vehicles receive driver training at least twice a year; enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the use of seat belts in all emergency vehicles.
Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Firemen; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-fighting; Traumatic-injuries; Emergency-responders; Region-3
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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