Paid-on-Call Fire Fighter Killed by Exterior Wall Collapse During Defensive Operations at a Commercial Structure Fire

Report Date: December 2011

In 2011 in Illinois, a firefighter lost his life when he was struck by falling debris during an exterior wall collapse at a commercial building fire. During defensive operations, the victim and another firefighter went to move a ground ladder when the top part of the exterior wall collapsed. 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. Paid-on-Call Fire Fighter Killed by Exterior Wall Collapse During Defensive Operations at a Commercial Structure Fire - Ilinois. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-15, 2011. Print.

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