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Accident: 999755 - Firefighter Died From Severe Lung Burns

Accident: 999755 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 10/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10453195910/21/19879224Hollandale Fire Department
AT APPROXIMATELY 7:45 PM ON OCTOBER 20, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1, A FIRE FIGHTER, WAS TRYING TO START A FIRE TO DESTROY AN ABANDONED BUILDING WHICH HAD BEEN USED AS A FIRE FIGHTING PRACTICE FACILITY. A FIRE WOULD NOT START IN THE FIRST AREA TRIED DUE TO WET CONDITIONS. A SECOND ATTEMPT, IN A AREA COVERED BY FOAM CARPET BACKING, STARTED INSTANTANEOUSLY. TWO FIREMAN WERE ABLE TO WALK OUT OF THE AREA, A THIRD HAD TO CRAWL. EMPLOYEE #1 BECAME DISORIENTED AND, AFTER LEAVING THE FIRE AREA, REMOVED HIS FACE MASK. HE THEN RETURNED TO THE FIRE AREA WHERE HE ENCOUNTERED SUPERHEATED AIR WHICH SEVERELY BURNED HIS LUNGS. HE WAS KILLED.
Keywords: burn, firefighter, lung, ppe, work rules, fire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104531959 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Firefighting occupations

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