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One career fire fighter dies and another is injured after partial structural collapse - Texas.

Mezzanotte T; Frederick L; Braddee R
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 F2002-07, 2003 Jan; :1-10
On February 11, 2002, a 42-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) was killed and another fire fighter was injured in a partial structural collapse while performing suppression operations at an apartment complex under renovation. The victim and three crew members were exiting the complex through a breezeway that connected the fire structure to an uninvolved structure when a section of brick veneer from the uninvolved structure collapsed onto the victim and the injured fire fighter. The injured fire fighter called for help and was freed by fire fighters. A personal accountability report (PAR) was called and it was determined that the victim was missing. A second search found the victim unresponsive and without a pulse beneath a pile of bricks. The victim was extricated, given emergency medical treatment, and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. establish and monitor a collapse zone to ensure that no fire fighting operations take place within this area as part of defensive operations; 2. ensure that an Incident Safety Officer, independent from the Incident Commander, is appointed and on scene early in the fire operation; and, 3. ensure consistent use of personal alert safety system (PASS) devices at all incidents.
Region-6; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Monitors; Monitoring-systems; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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