On April 30, 2004, a 58-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) sustained a fatal head injury when he fell from a moving, cab-forward engine. The engine was responding to a reported gas odor with a fire fighter/driver and an officer in the cab, and two firefighters, including the victim, seated in the open jump seats. Upon departure from the station, the engine made a right turn from the apron onto the street. During this turn, the victim fell out of the driver side jump seat door landing on the street and striking his head. He was treated at the scene for head trauma and transported to a local hospital. He died from his injuries three 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 secured by seat belts, or safety restraints, at all times the vehicle is in motion; 2. ensure that routine apparatus maintenance includes documented inspections of all seating areas; 3. ensure, when feasible, that each crew riding position is within a fully enclosed personnel area; 4. ensure that all interior crew and driving compartment door handles are designed and installed to protect against inadvertent opening, and; 5. ensure that the donning or doffing of equipment and personal protective clothing that requires removal of any restraining device is prohibited while the vehicle is in motion.
Region-1; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Emergency-responders; Motor-vehicles; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Safety-belts; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection