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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 111597084 - Seattle Fire Department

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 2

Nr: 111597084Report ID: 1055320Open Date: 09/10/1989

Seattle Fire Department
301 Second Ave, S
Seattle, WA 98119
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8631/Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/28/1990
Close Case:04/11/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361030554    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,400 $100,000 $0 $0 $0 $102,400
Current Penalty $15,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 3050006304 C 02 02/28/1990 03/30/1990 $2,400 $2,400 $0 03/15/1990 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 2. 02001 Willful 3050009006 02/28/1990 03/01/1990 $50,000 $50,000 $0 03/15/1990 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 02002 Serious 3050003501 02/28/1990 03/01/1990 $15,000 $50,000 $0 03/15/1990 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170249213Event: 09/10/1989Employee Dies Of Smoke Inhalation When Lost In Fire
Employee #1, a fire service officer, was fighting a multiple-alarm arson fire of an unoccupied lumber company warehouse. Employee #1 and his partner became separated inside the burning structure. The partner was able to escape from the building, where he emerged in a severely hyperthermic and fatigued condition. Approximately 2 hours later, a search and rescue was implemented for the missing officer. Employee #1's body was uncovered 1 1/2 hours later beneath more than two feet of rubble inside the building. The official cause of death was smoke inhalation. Since the fire is believed to be arson, the medical examiner classified the death as a homicide. There are indications that hyperthermia may have played a contributing role in the fatality. There was no tracking of fire fighters inside the structure, which accounted for the lack of a timely search and rescue. The lack of required radio monitoring equipment and a required dispatcher at the scene contributed to Employee #1's call for help not being heard.
Keywords: firefighter, respiratory, work rules, fire, buried, communication, smoke inhalation, high temperature
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111597084 Fatality Asphyxia Firefighting occupations

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