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Volunteer captain killed, two fire fighters and police officer injured when struck by motor vehicle at highway incident - Minnesota.
McFall-M; Lutz-V; Guglielmo-C
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 F2002-38, 2003 May; :1-8
On July 1, 2002, a 28-year-old male volunteer Captain (the victim) was struck by a motor vehicle while attending to a vehicle fire along an interstate highway. The victim was obtaining driver and vehicle information while standing near the incident scene when a passing northbound car was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The impact caused the vehicle to skid sideways, striking the victim and four others. The victim was life-flighted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that fire apparatus is positioned to protect fire fighters from traffic; 2. establish pre-incident plans regarding traffic control for emergency service incidents and pre-incident agreements with law enforcement and other agencies such as the highway department; 3. establish, implement, and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding emergency operations for highway incidents; and, 4. ensure that personnel receive training in the proper procedures and the hazards associated with emergency operations for highway incidents.
Region-5; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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