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Preventing deaths and injuries of fire fighters working above fire-damaged floors.
Merinar-T; Tarley-J; Koedam-R
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, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-114, 2009 Feb; :1-4
Fire fighters are at risk of falling through fire-damaged floors. Fire burning underneath floors can significantly degrade the floor system with little indication to fire fighters working above. Floors can fail within minutes of fire exposure, and new construction technology such as engineered wood floor joists may fail sooner than traditional construction methods. NIOSH recommends that fire fighters use extreme caution when entering any structure that may have fire burning beneath the floor.
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; Emergency-responders; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Surveillance
Numbered Publication; Workplace Solutions
NTIS Accession No.
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-114
Services: Public Safety
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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