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APPARATUS BATTERY EXPLODES – INJURING NY FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 08:27

A Sawkill Fire Department firefighter is expected to make a full recovery after he inhaled toxic fumes after a fire engine battery exploded at the fire station at 896 Sawkill Road, according to department chief David Hoffman.

Hoffman said 35-year-old Captain Mike Williams was starting a fire truck inside the fire station at 10:45 a.m. Saturday as firefighters were preparing to go to the Ulster County Volunteer Firefighters Association Parade in the town of Ulster when the battery exploded, sparking a fire.

Williams inhaled the fumes from the explosion and he was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla in critical condition, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the fire was quickly put out. Firefighters from the city of Kingston hazardous materials team were called in to assist with containing and cleaning up the battery acid.

Hoffman said Williams condition quickly improved to stable and he was expected to released from the hospital in a few days.

Williams has been a member of the department for more than 10 years, and is also a Mobile Life Support Services paramedic, Hoffman added.

Hoffman said the fire engine will be inspected by a mechanic on Monday.

While the truck is out for repairs, Ulster Hose Fire Company No. 5 is covering with one mutual-aid engine, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the department’s vehicles are regularly inspected by mechanics and this was a “really rare occurrence.”

Firefighters from Ulster Hose Company No. 5, Ruby, East Kingston, and Woodstock Company No. 4 also assisted at the scene.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Three Companies in Oklahoma After Five Employees Fatally Injured by Explosion and Fire

OSHA - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00
July 30, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Three Companies in Oklahoma After Five Employees Fatally Injured by Explosion and Fire
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Grain Bin Operator

OSHA - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00
July 30, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Grain Bin Operator
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FIREFIGHTER STRUCK BY TREE, KILLED WHILE BATTLING FERGUSON FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 19:22

A firefighter from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was killed in the line of duty at the Ferguson Fire Sunday morning.

The firefighter and his crew were engaged in a tactical firing operation on the east side of the Ferguson Fire.They were operating in an area with a large amount of tree mortality.

The firefighter was struck by a tree. He was treated at the scene but passed away before he could be transported to a hospital.

“The team at Sequoia and Kings National Parks is devastated by this terrible news,” said parks superintendent Woody Smeck. “Our deepest condolences go out to the firefighter’s family and loved ones. We grieve this loss with you.”

The Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park has burned more than 50,000 acres since it started on July 13.

A procession to honor the firefighter will line the streets of Mariposa, set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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3 FIREFIGHTERS TREATED FOR HEAT RELATED INJURIES IN NJ

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 19:21

Three firefighters had to be treated for heat-related injuries — one of whom was hospitalized — after a rapidly-spreading grease fire on a rear deck Sunday morning ripped through a townhouse complex in New Milford. The fire rekindled hours later, requiring firefighters to return to fully douse it.

The blaze broke out around 11:40 a.m. at the Canterbury Village homes just off River Road, Police Detective Lt. Kevin Van Saders said.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene, while a third was taken to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, the lieutenant said.

A female resident also was treated at the scene, he said.

Flames destroyed the unit where the fire broke out, then quickly spread to two others, Van Saders said.

The fire was doused in roughly 90 minutes, the lieutenant said.

Fire companies from Bergenfield, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Hackensack, Haworth, Maywood, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Teaneck and Tenafly assisted their New Milford colleagues.

Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support units from New Milford, River Edge, and Holy Name also responded, as did the New Milford Department of Public Works, New Milford Office of Emergency Management, New Milford Fire inspector and the Red Cross.

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FIRE TRUCK DESTROYS CAMPER IN CRASH ON I-65

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 06:56

A crash shut down all southbound lanes of I-65 south of the Taylorsville exit Friday night.

State police say a camper trailer that was stopped in traffic was struck by a fire truck. Photos from the scene show the trailer heavily damaged, with debris and personal items scattered along the interstate.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles

@ISPVersailles

This is a view of the crash that occurred this evening on I-65 just north of Columbus. Luckily, there were no injuries. The camper trailer was totally destroyed after being struck by a fire truck in transit while it was stopped in traffic.

11:03 PM – Jul 27, 2018
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Police Chase Homeless Man in Stolen CA Fire Vehicle

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 06:54

An alleged car thief with a an itch to surf allegedly made off with a surfboard and wetsuit in Pismo Beach — while driving a stolen Cal Fire truck from Northern California — sparking a police pursuit just before noon Friday, officials said.

CHP Officer Patrick Seebart said the truck was allegedly stolen in Northern California and related to the theft of the surfing equipment.

It wasn’t until Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies reported the truck in Los Alamos in northern Santa Barbara County when the pursuit began on Highway 135.

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The chase continued through Santa Maria near Harris Grade around 12:30 p.m., officials said.

The man then allegedly drove onto Highway 1, which merged with Highway 135, toward Orcutt before he made a U-turn in a soft-centered median, the release said.

“Before he could make it back onto the roadway, deputies used pursuit intervention techniques to successfully stop the vehicle,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said. “Due to the collaborative efforts of sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers and security forces from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the suspect was arrested at gunpoint and taken into custody without further incident.”

The driver, Donald Schellinger, a 38-year-old transient from Northern California, was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless evading, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and a parole violation.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit helicopter assisted in the pursuit.

Schellinger was to be booked in Santa Barbara County Jail for felony reckless evading, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and parole violation.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully contributed to this report.

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FACEValue: Mechanic crushed by bin destacker

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 07/28/2018 - 23:00
A 34-year-old mechanic was performing maintenance on a bin destacker when part of the machinery came down and crushed him.
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FACEValue: Mechanic crushed by bin destacker

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 07/28/2018 - 23:00
A 34-year-old mechanic was performing maintenance on a bin destacker when part of the machinery came down and crushed him.
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FACEValue: Mechanic crushed by bin destacker

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 07/28/2018 - 23:00
A 34-year-old mechanic was performing maintenance on a bin destacker when part of the machinery came down and crushed him.
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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN ONTARIO CANADA-AT WILDLAND FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 20:44

We regret to pass on that a Firefighter from Alberta lost his life on Thursday, while operating at a fire in Ontario. Firefighter Jerry Gadwa was from Kehewin, which is located about 20 kilometres south of Bonnyville, in eastern Alberta.

Like in the Western USA this week, fire crews from across the country were battling dozens of raging fires in northeastern Ontario.

Our condolences to all those effected. Rest In Peace.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

2 CA FIREFIGHTERS KILLED, 3 BURNED AT WILDLAND FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:55
We regret to inform you that the deadly Carr Fire claimed the life of two firefighters. A Redding firefighter was the second responder killed since the blaze started Monday, officials said. A contract firefighter who was operating a bulldozer died Thursday. Several other people reportedly were injured with burns, including three Marin County firefighters. The names of the two firefighters who were killed were not immediately released. Their deaths bring to three the number of firefighters who have died this month battling wildfires in the state. Braden Varney,who was operating a bulldozer, died while fighting the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park on July 14. The Carr Fire has destroyed 65 structures and damaged 55 more since it broke out Monday, and nearly 5,000 homes are threatened, officials with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. There were reports that a dozen historic buildings had burned – wire service photographs showed flames consuming structures in Shasta Historic State Park, a ghost town west of Redding. Our condolences to all those effected by this incident and double LODD.
Categories: Fire Service, Safety

The Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

OSHA - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00
July 27, 2018 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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NE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS MINOR HAND BURNS AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:30

A fire at the Shadow Ridge Apartments near 84th and Giles injured one firefighter Wednesday evening as the blaze spread from one garage to another.

Officials said a man was working on his car in one of the garages when it caught fire.

The man thought he had the flame put out but the flames spread to adjoining units.

One firefighter suffered minor burns battling the fire. The burns lead to blistering on his hand.

By the time the fire was contained at least 14 garages had been heavily damaged.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

Corrected: U.S. Department of Labor Cites East Texas Countertop Company for Safety and Health Violations

OSHA - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:00
July 26, 2018 Corrected: U.S. Department of Labor Cites East Texas Countertop Company for Safety and Health Violations
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The Department of Labor Plans to Propose Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

OSHA - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:00
July 26, 2018 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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U.S. Department of Labor and Manhattan Construction Company Partner To Enhance Safety and Health at Texas Ballpark Project

OSHA - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:00
July 26, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor and Manhattan Construction Company Partner To Enhance Safety and Health at Texas Ballpark Project
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites East Texas Countertop Company For Safety and Health Violations

OSHA - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 07:00
July 25, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites East Texas Countertop Company For Safety and Health Violations
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