Career Captain Injured in Aerial Ladder Collapse

Report Date: August 2012

In 2012 in Pennsylvania, a fire officer sustained injuries from a 45-foot fall during an aerial ladder collapse. The aerial ladder was being used for ladder pipe operations on fire in an auto repair shop. When the fire officer climbed to the tip of the ladder to operate the ladder pipe, the ladder twisted and collapsed. The many contributing factors were related to overloading the ladder. These investigations should be used to learn from near-tragedy in an effort to avoid similar events in the future.

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  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    Each year an average of 100 firefighters in the United States die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of firefighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Career Captain Injured in Aerial Ladder Collapse - Pennsylvania.  Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2012-04, 2012. Print.

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