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Accident: 170744783 - Fire Fighter Dies Of Heart Attack Induced By Heat Stress

Accident: 170744783 -- Report ID: 0253620 -- Event Date: 09/02/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30615908809/02/20039224Owego Vill Fire Dept
At approximately 2:40 p.m. on August 27, 2003, Employee #1 was engaged in firefighting at a lumber sawmill. He was on the exterior of the structure in firefighter turnout gear with no respirator manning a hose line near the head saw control area. After being relieved, he went to the recovery area and had shortness of breath and described as overheated. Employee #1 drank water and was cooled by wet towels and did not have chest pain and refused to go to the hospital. Employee #1, after one-half hour, agreed to be transported to the hospital. Employee #1 died on September 2, 2003.
Keywords: heat, heart attack
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306159088 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Firefighting occupations

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