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Accident: 136856.015 - Employee Dies From Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 136856.015 -- Report ID: 0355121 -- Event Date: 07/01/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1539947.01507/06/2021County Of Chesterfield
At 9:37 a.m. on July 1, 2021, an employee who is a firefighter recruit began phy sical training for the first time. The employee began to perform routine warm-u p exercises in preparation for a two-mile jog. After warmup and stretching, the recruit class was led on the jog by four instructors setting the jog pace at app roximately 10 minutes per mile. One instructor was leading the pack and the thre e other instructors were positioned near the rear of the group. At about the 1.4 -mile mark recruit the employee began to slow their pace of the jog. One of the instructors noticed they had slowed their pace and observed them stop jogging ar ound the 1.5-mile mark. The instructor stopped to check on the employee. The emp loyee was instructed to sit down and then lay down to see if they improved. A fe w minutes later the employee was unable to recover and stated they were having t rouble breathing. The employee was transported to the hospital and later died a t the hospital from heat exhaustion.
Keywords: fire brigade/department, fire fighter, heat index, heat-related illness
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1539947.015 26 M Fatality Fire Fighter

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