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Inspection: 105538797 - Kingsport-City Hall

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Pub Sec 4

Nr: 105538797Report ID: 0454734Open Date: 01/14/1988

Kingsport-City Hall
225 West Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9311/Public Finance, Taxation, and Monetary Policy

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/14/1988
Close Case:01/14/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 977587Event: 01/05/1988Fire Fighters Killed When Fire Truck Overturns
Employee #1 and two coworkers were riding in an approximately 20 ton fire truck, responding to a fire alarm. The truck descended a long steep grade that ended in a T intersection. It was traveling approximately 40 mph when it reached the bottom of the hill, plunged off an embankment, and overturned. The three workers were trapped inside the crushed cab and Employee #1 died of asphyxia. There were no tire skid marks at the intersection, but there were "yaw" tire marks near the embankment indicating that the truck skidded sideways as it attempted to make the sharp turn. It appears the brake system may have failed due to overheating because the truck had just made between four and six abrupt stops prior to this accident. Subsequent investigation revealed some maladjustment of the brakes, which may also have contributed to the accident.
Keywords: embankment, asphyxiated, brake, inadequate maint, work rules, equipment failure, sharp turn, overheated, fire truck, overturn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105538797 Fatality Asphyxia Firefighting occupations

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