07/18/09 98 W - + 12 - 13 Report Issued in Texas Firefighter Aerial Platform Deaths

As this Firehouse.com article notes, the NIOSH report has been released on the January 25 aerial platform accident that killed two firefighters in Kilgore, TX. The report cites several key contributing factors, including unfamiliarity with the new apparatus, high-risk training prior to familiarity, fall restraints not utilized, and platform design issues. Ladder company operations are a frequent topic of discussion on this blog, and the comprehensively documented findings should be of interest of many. That is, if they haven't read it already. Read the NIOSH report. It's sobering stuff.

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