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Accident: 201074010 - Employees Are Struck By Cannister, Are Injured

Accident: 201074010 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/07/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31267788305/07/20099224City Of San Diego Fire Department
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on April 7, 2009, the firefighters that were working at the facility that day were cleaning the outer compartments of the fire engine. Employee #2, the station manager, decided to use a Scott SCBA bottle to finish blowing out the corners of the forcible entry compartment. Employee #2 turned the valve to a low flow and was using it for 2-seconds to 3-seconds and the bottle instantly left his hands. The bottle struck Employee #2 in the forehead and the back of his left calf and front of his left leg, and it struck Employee #1 in the head. Employee #1 received serious head injuries including a fractured skull and subdural bleeding, and he was hospitalized for a month. Employee #2 sustained lacerations but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, head, cleaning, laceration, skull, struck by, flying object, fire truck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312677883 Hospitalized injury Fracture Firefighting occupations
2 312677883 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa

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