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Accident: 674945 - Fire Fighter Dies When Overcome By Smoke

Accident: 674945 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 04/12/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10547716004/14/19889224Parker District Fire Department
Employee #1, a fire fighter, entered an office of a J. P. Stevens-Monagham mill with two coworkers to search for the source of a fire. Employee #1 notified the coworkers that he had only five minutes of air left. Employee #1 and the other fire fighters followed the fire hose out, but the area they were in was pitch black and smoky. When the others got out, they realized Employee #1 was not with them. Shortly thereafter, Employee #1 radioed that he was lost and out of air and unable to get out. A search found Employee #1 in the back office, face down with his face mask pulled up on his head. He died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. His carboxyhemoglobin level was extremely high.
Keywords: firefighter, oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, inhalation, scba, smoke, carboxyhemoglobin, smoke inhalation, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105477160 Fatality Asphyxia Firefighting occupations

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