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Accident: 1004936 - Employee Asphyxiated Fighting Smoky Fire

Accident: 1004936 -- Report ID: 0253660 -- Event Date: 09/28/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10494644710/01/19909223Monroe Co Sheriff Dept & Jail
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on September 28, 1990, a contractor repairing a roof at the Monroe County, NY, jail had a propane tar kettle that caught on fire. Workers attempted to extinguish the fire with 1-1A-10 B.C. fire extinguishers. Realizing their efforts were futile, the workers called the jail deputies, who had an internal fire brigade. After fighting the fire for sometime, Employee #1, a member of the brigade, was exhausted and removed his SCBA in what he thought was a safe area. The wind blew smoke from the burning kettle of tar toward him and he was overcome. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital, where very minor and temporary injuries were treated. He returned to work for the rest of his shift.
Keywords: asphyxiated, work rules, fire, scba, smoke, fire brigade, untrained, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104946447 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Correctional institution officers

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