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Inspection: 105538797 - Kingsport-City Hall

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Pub Sec 4


Inspection Nr: 105538797
Report ID: 0454734
Open Date: 01/14/1988

Site Address:
Kingsport-City Hall
225 West Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: LocalGovt

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/14/1988


Close Case:01/14/1988

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360285167

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 977587
Event: 01/05/1988
Fire Fighters Killed When Fire Truck Overturns

Employee #1 and two coworkers were riding in an approximately 20 ton fire truck, responding to a fire alarm. The truck descended a long steep grade that ended in a T intersection. It was traveling approximately 40 mph when it reached the bottom of the hill, plunged off an embankment, and overturned. The three workers were trapped inside the crushed cab and Employee #1 died of asphyxia. There were no tire skid marks at the intersection, but there were "yaw" tire marks near the embankment indicating that the truck skidded sideways as it attempted to make the sharp turn. It appears the brake system may have failed due to overheating because the truck had just made between four and six abrupt stops prior to this accident. Subsequent investigation revealed some maladjustment of the brakes, which may also have contributed to the accident.

Keywords:embankment, asphyxiated, brake, inadequate maint, work rules, equipment failure, sharp turn, overheated, fire truck, overturn

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105538797 Fatality Asphyxia Firefighting occupations
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