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Inspection: 316515279 - Ca Forestry & Fire Protection - Forest Fire

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 316515279Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 07/26/2012

Ca Forestry & Fire Protection - Forest Fire
Forest Ave & Hwy 16
Guinda, CA 95637
Union Status: Union
SIC: 0851/Forestry Services
NAICS: 115310/Support Activities for Forestry
Mailing: 1199 Big Tree Rd, St Helena, CA 94574

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:StateGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:01/16/2013
Close Case:12/31/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102681061    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 3395 C 01/22/2013 02/25/2013 $0 $18,000 $0 01/25/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202493789Event: 07/21/2012Five Firefighters Become Dehydrated
On July 21, 2012, five employees were working as firefighters for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) near Guinda, CA. There were fighting a 500-acre (202-hectare) vegetation fire in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Several firefighters ran out of drinking water but continued to work. They became dehydrated and sustained heat-related medical conditions so severe that two were airlifted and a third was taken by ambulance and then hospitalized for treatment. The other two firefighters were not hospitalized. The employer did not have written or effective water replenishment procedures for remote locations.
Keywords: firefighter, heat exhaustion, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316515279 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Firefighting occupations
2 316515279 Non Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
3 316515279 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
4 316515279 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa
5 316515279 Non Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Firefighting occupations

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