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Forest ranger/fire fighter drowned after catastrophic blow-out of right front tire - Florida.
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 F2004-15, 2005 Jun; :1-6
On March 3, 2004, a 40-year-old male forest ranger (the victim) died after he lost control of the brush truck he was driving to a controlled burn. The truck experienced a catastrophic blow-out of the right front tire, left the road, struck a culvert and overturned. It came to rest on its roof in a ditch filled with approximately 2 feet of water. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire management agencies and fire departments should: 1. provide driver training as often as necessary to meet the requirements of NFPA 1451. Training should incorporate specifics on maintaining vehicle control when a rapid loss of tire pressure (blowout) occurs; and, 2. as part of the apparatus maintenance program, ascertain the age of tires and impose time restrictions for usage according to manufacturers' specifications and guidelines. Although it is unclear if the following contributed to this incident, fire management agencies and fire departments should consider implementing the following recommendation based on prudent safety considerations 1. ensure that vehicles meet the requirements of NFPA 1901 and NFPA 1906 and do not exceed their load-carrying capacity.
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Motor-vehicles; Emergency-responders; Training
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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