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Accident: 202652418 - Employee Is Found Unresponsive In Sleep Area, Later Died

Accident: 202652418 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/18/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31620913908/20/20129223California Department Of Corrections

At approximately 5:23 a.m. on August 18, 2012, Employee #1 was found unresponsive during their wake up time at a sleeping area. The employee had been working on 24-hour shift rotation while fighting fires between the evening of August 14 through the morning of August 17, 2012. The employees had one-day rest in between the 24-hour periods at the Buck Fire in Hemet area. On August 17, 2012, the Medical Emergency Response Team was called to treat the employee for heat-related illness. The following morning the employee was found unresponsive. A coworker called Medical Emergency Response, and he was transported to Hemet Valley Medical Center Emergency. Employee #1 was later transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center for advanced care. The employee died of a heat-related illness in the hospital the following day August 19, 2012.

Keywords: firefighter, heat, sleeping quarters, heat exhaustion

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316209139 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Firefighting occupations

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