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NIOSH Releases Report on FDNY Deutsche Bank LODDs

The National Institute for Occiupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report on the deaths of two Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters during an incident at the Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan near Ground Zero. As the report notes in the summary of the August 18, 2007 incident, Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia "became trapped in the maze-like conditions of a high-rise building undergoing deconstruction. The building’s standpipe system had been disconnected during the deconstruction and the partitions constructed for asbestos abatement prohibited fire fighters from getting water to the seat of the fire."Among the recommendations...

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