Career Fire Fighter/Paramedic Dies from Injuries Following an Unexpected Ceiling Collapse

Report Date: June 2012

In 2011 in California, a firefighter lost his life and several firefighters were injured at a structure fire in a three-story residential building. Firefighters were attempting to gain access to the fire in the walls and ceiling when the interior ceiling suddenly collapsed. The trapped firefighters were quickly rescued, but the victim succumbed to his injuries. The NIOSH investigation identified building construction not according to code as a contributing factor to this incident. These investigations should be used to learn from tragedy in an effort to avoid similar losses 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 Fire Fighter/Paramedic Dies from Injuries Following an Unexpected Ceiling Collapse - California. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-05, 2012. Print.

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