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Volunteer fire chief dies from injuries sustained during a tanker rollover - Utah.
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 F2005-27, 2006 Jul; :1-10
On June 21, 2005, a 52-year-old male volunteer Chief died from injuries sustained during a tanker rollover. The Chief was driving a military surplus truck that had been converted into a tanker. He was traveling to a nearby town to obtain a State inspection. While driving on the gravel road at approximately 40 miles per hour, the left front tire ruptured causing him to lose control, leave the road, and roll over several times. The Chief was ejected and died on the scene from his injuries. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. develop and enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) for seat belt use; and, 2. determine a safe operating weight for water tankers based on vehicle characteristics and remove overweight vehicles from service. Additionally, States should develop an inspection program to identify and correct defects and deficiencies in government surplus vehicles prior to being released to the fire service
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Motor-vehicles; Traumatic-injuries; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-fighters; Safety-belts; Surveillance
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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