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Accident: 170744064 - One Employee Killed, Two Injured At Fire Scene

Accident: 170744064 -- Report ID: 0253650 -- Event Date: 11/20/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12458526611/28/19949224Ladder Co 108 Nycfd
Employee #1 and two other fire fighters, arrived at a fire in a six-story building. They saw people in the window of the apartment above the fire floor, and raised the ladder. Employee #1 climbed the ladder to rescue the occupants. He was descending the ladder with two children when the mother boarded, causing the ladder to move slightly. When the father boarded the ladder, it started to fall. One coworker was ascending to warn Employee #1 when the ladder twisted and fell. The coworker suffered lacerations to his tongue; he received six sutures, and was released. Employee #1 fractured his arm, spine, and scapula, and suffered bleeding in his lungs and trauma to his hips, head, legs and most other parts of his body. He was hospitalized and later died. The other coworker bruised his elbow while forcing open a bulkhead door; this incident was unrelated to the ladder accident.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, head, collapse, spine, fire, ladder, overloaded, fall, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124585266 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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