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Firefighter Fatality Report: TX Firefighter Dies After Falling Through Roof

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a report on the death of a Texas firefighter who was killed when he fell through the roof and became trapped in the attic while conducting ventilation at a structure fire. On August 14, 2011, a 41-year-old career lieutenant died after falling through a roof and being trapped in an attic. The lieutenant was part of a two-man crew attempting to perform vertical ventilation of a two story multi-family apartment complex. The fire department had responded to multiple fires over the years at this apartment complex. The roof decking material was over 30 years old and would not meet the current building code. The...

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