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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released an important safety warning for fire departments using certain types of aerials.

From the NIOSH Web site:

NIOSH recommends that all fire departments utilizing aerial ladder trucks with locking (pin-anchored, lever actuated, clamped) waterways immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being struck by unsecured waterways or parts of the waterway...

Read the whole thing HERE.

Update: On on our community site, Fire Engineering advisory board member Bill Peters weighs in on the incident discusses in the NIOSH investigation. CLICK HERE to read Bill's remarks.

posted by Peter Prochilo
5/09/2008 09:20:00 AM

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Blogger FireAppWP said...

The following information came from Chief Billy Goldfeder's Secret List. This is some important information that everyone needs to think about.

In light of this weeks URGENT NIOSH SAFETY ADVISORY (link below) related to AERIAL WATERWAYS, there has been another aerial ladder waterway failure. While the Fairfax City (VA) FD was performing Driver/Operator training with the ladder truck, the nozzle, fly section of the waterway and associated metal structure separated from the aerial ladder and fell 70 to 80 feet to the ground. Fortunately, no one was in the vicinity and all of these components landed in a wooded area.

Their preliminary investigation indicates possible human error. The device used to secure the nozzle, after moving it from the "rescue position" to the "waterway position," was not correctly secured in either position. It was also determined that the gate valve for the waterway inlet was in the closed position when water was being pumped to the ladder. When it was opened, a significant force of water, under pressure, was introduced to the waterway. This likely provided the energy to eject the waterway and nozzle assembly. A representative from the manufacturer will be in Fairfax City next week to take a look at the device and vehicle.

Sat May 10, 01:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Near miss advice said... is an anonymous web based reporting system where you can post similar reports. There is one report posted in the system refering to an unpinned waterway. If this has happened to your department, take a moment to share the lessons you have learned with the rest of the fire service community.

Thu May 29, 09:09:00 PM EDT  

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