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Accident: 170897102 - Employee Killed In Fall From Cliff While Fighting Fire

Accident: 170897102 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 07/18/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12607892210/15/19999224L. A. County Fire Department
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on July 18, 1999, Employee #1, a prison inmate, was on a crew of 14 inmates and 15 firefighters engaged in suppressing a wildfire under the supervision of county fire officials in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, CA. Employee #1 lost his footing and fell approximately 170 ft down a cliff. He was killed. A coworker inmate who witnessed the accident said that they were not aware of being near a cliff until Employee #1 fell. No form of fall protection was in use.
Keywords: firefighter, work rules, fire, steep grade, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126078922 Fatality Other Firefighting occupations

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