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The Legal Implications of the Charleston Fire

By DAVID C. COMSTOCKOn June 18, 2007, nine career firefighters died when they became trapped inside of a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Following this tragedy, various groups and organizations conducted several investigations. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted its own investigation and made 43 recommendations to avoid future firefighter injuries or deaths.1 Should the City of Charleston fail to implement these recommendations prior to another serious injury or line-of-duty death (LODD) in the city, the fire chief could ...

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