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Accident: 201181518 - Employee Killed When Thrown From Fire Engine

Accident: 201181518 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 01/08/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30089220501/14/20039224S. F. Fire Department
At approximately 5:20 p.m. on January 8, 2003, Employee #1, a firefighter, and three coworkers were in route to the San Francisco International Airport in response to an incident. They were traveling in a fire engine (Model Number: RP-587) with Employee #1 seated in an open-type exterior canopy seat, located directly behind the driver. As the engine left the fire station, and was approximately one-block away, the engine made a sharp right turn to enter the freeway. For some reason, Employee #1 was thrown from the engine. The driver noticed Employee #1 in the roadway and stopped the engine. Employee #1's coworkers provided first aid and contacted rescue services. Employee #1 was transported to the San Francisco General Hospital and treated for his injuries. He died later due to a severe head injury. The root cause of Employee #1's death was due to the open-type exterior canopy seats, of the fire engine, did not have a rail provided to prevent personnel from falling from the vehicle.
Keywords: firefighter, head, engine, fall, concussion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300892205 Fatality Concussion Firefighting occupations

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