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Volunteer fire fighter dies after being run over by brush truck during grass fire attack - Texas.
Koedam RE; 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 F2002-36, 2003 May; :1-6
On August 12, 2002, a 28-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) was fatally injured when he was run over by the left front tire of a brush truck. The victim was attacking a grass fire with a charged hoseline from a work platform on the front of a moving brush truck. The brush truck was making a U-turn on the roadway through heavy smoke when a vehicle skidded into it. The victim was ejected from the left side of the work platform and run over by the brush truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should 1. ensure that fire fighters attack a brush fire from a safe place on the apparatus or walk alongside the moving apparatus. 2. ensure that adequate traffic control is in place before turning attention to the emergency. 3. enforce Standard Operating Procedures that require operators of fire apparatus to wear seat belts (restraints) whenever operating the vehicle.
Region-6; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-safety; Emergency-responders; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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