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Volunteer assistant fire chief dies at a silo fire/explosion - New York.

Braddee 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, FACE F2010-14, 2011 May; :1-15
On April 11, 2010, a 26-year-old male volunteer Assistant Fire Chief (the victim) responded to a silo fire at a local farm. Upon arrival, he observed open doors (hatches) on top of the 60-foot metal oxygen-limiting silo. He climbed to the top of the silo via a ladder attached to the outside of the silo and closed and secured the hatches. He descended the silo and when approximately half-way down, the silo exploded. The explosion caused a section of the ladder to detach from the silo and the victim fell about 30-feet to the ground. The victim was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by another fire fighter at the scene and then transported by ambulance to a regional hospital where he was pronounced dead. Contributing Factors: 1. unrecognized hazards associated with a silo fire; 2. closing and securing the hatches on top of the silo. Key Recommendations: 1. review, revise, and enforce standard operating guidelines (SOGs) for structural fire fighting that include oxygen-limiting silos; 2. train officers and fire fighters on the hazards associated with different types of silos and the appropriate fire fighting tactics; 3. ensure that pre-emergency planning is completed for all types of silos located within fire department jurisdictions; 4. consider requiring that placards with hazard warnings and appropriate fire fighting guidelines be placed on silos; 5. consider silos as confined spaces and recognize the dangers associated with confined spaces when responding to silo fires; 6. ensure that an Incident Safety Officer is deployed at technical or complex operations.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighters; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Work-environment; Work-practices; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Surveillance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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