On January 13, 2003, a 46-year-old female career fire fighter/emergency medical technician (EMT) [the victim] died from injuries she received after falling from a moving, open-cab engine. The engine was responding to a reported airport emergency with an officer and a fire fighter/driver in the cab, a fire fighter/paramedic and a fire fighter/EMT (victim) seated in the open-cab jump seats. While enroute, as the engine was rounding a bend and accelerating up a slight grade to enter a highway, the victim lost her balance and fell from the apparatus onto the road. The victim was treated at the scene for multiple traumatic injuries and transported to a local hospital. She died from her injuries five days after the incident. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1) ensure that all persons responding in emergency apparatus are wearing and secured by seat belts or safety restraints at all times the vehicle is in motion; 2) ensure that all persons responding in emergency apparatus are wearing and secured by seat belts or safety restraints at all times the vehicle is in motion; 3) ensure, when feasible, that each crew riding position is within a fully enclosed personnel area. Although there is no direct evidence that the following directly contributed to the fatality, this recommendation is being provided as a reminder of good safety practice. NIOSH investigators concluded that as a matter of prudent safety operations fire departments should; 4) ensure equipment that is required to be used during emergency response is securely fastened and readily accessible.
Region-9; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Fire-fighters; Fire-protection-equipment; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries