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Accident: 131678.015 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Third Floor Fire Escape

Accident: 131678.015 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 10/07/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1496416.01510/07/2020San Francisco Fire Dept
At 11:00 a.m. on October 7, 2020, a local fire department employee was participa ting in a standpipe drill at the department local training center. The employee was on the 3rd floor turning on a water valve near the fire escape. The standpip e outlet was approximately a foot away beyond the fire escape railing. The Y-out let itself had two outlets to accommodate the attachment of 2 hoses. It is a pol icy that the outer outlet that is furthest away from the fire escape be connecte d and it was so connected. Partway through the drill, for reasons unknown, the e mployee went from the floor onto the fire escape and turned on the lever for the 2nd outlet of the Y-valve (which had no hose attached). This caused water to fl ow out the valve at 100 psi, hitting the employee and pushing him off balance an d backwards over the railing. He fell approximately 27 feet to the ground, suffe ring blunt force head trauma and was killed.
Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, fall, fall protection, fire brigade/department, fire escape, fire ext system, fire fighter, head, high pressure, high pressure pipe, pressure piping, pressure release, skull, traini
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1496416.015 42 M Fatality Fire Fighter

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