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Accident: 202654356 - Employee Suffers Lung Spasms From Smoke Exsposure

Accident: 202654356 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 03/15/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31699262704/09/20139224Central Fire Protection District Of Santa Cruz

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2013, Employee #1, a Fire Captain with Central Fire Protection District of Santa Cruz, had an episode of a Bronchial Spasm, which caused him to return home from work and later required him to be hospitalized. Apparently, Employee #1 was exposed to excessive smoke when responding to a residential structural fire on March 5, 2013, where his exposure was due to strong winds. Employee #1 checked himself in at the Hospital on March 16, 2013, and again into a second Hospital on March 17, 2113, after he woke up having difficulty breathing. Employee #1 was treated by a pulmonologist and released on March 22, 2013. His doctor believed his condition was due to an accumulation of exposure to smoke for the past 20 years, while Employee #1 had worked as a fire fighter.

Keywords: firefighter, high wind, lung, toxic atmosphere, smoke

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316992627 Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations

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