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Accident: 14215495 - Overcome By Heat And Fire While Fighting A Forest Fire

Accident: 14215495 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 04/01/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
318917204/02/19850851Westvaco Corp., Timberlands Division
EMPLOYEE #1, A MEMBER OF A CREW FIGHTING A FOREST FIRE, WAS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF CUTTING A FIRE LINE WITH A CATERPILLAR D-6 TRACTOR. EMPLOYEE #1 DROVE THE TRACTOR INTO SOME HIGH BRUSH, WHERE THE ENGINE QUIT ON HIM. HE RESTARTED THE ENGINE AND TRIED TO BACK THE TRACTOR OUT OF THE BRUSH. HE APPARENTLY TRIED TO BACK UP TOO FAST AND THE PLOW HE WAS TOWING JACKKNIFED. THE EMPLOYEE APPARENTLY PANICKED, JUMPED FROM THE TRACTOR AND TOOK OFF RUNNING. HE WAS FOUND A SHORT WHILE LATER. HE DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION AND EXPOSURE TO HIGH TEMPERATURES.
Keywords: firefighter, heat, fire, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3189172 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations

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