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Firefighter killed by SCUBA tank during attempt to drain cylinder of air

Discussion in 'Scuba Industry News' started by Jimbo2, Aug 7, 2019.

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  1. Jimbo2

    Jimbo2 Angel Fish

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    Ohio volunteer firefighter killed while trying to drain air from alum 80, with non-functioning valve, after loosening PRD. Cylinder was not secured in a vise and HP air from PRD sent cylinder spinning uncontrollably into the engine bay. Valve was sheared off from impact with a wall at which time the cylinder became airborne glancing off a fire truck and then hitting the victim in the head. Fire department had purchased several used alum 80 cylinders and was getting them ready for new hydro-tests when accident happened.

    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face201810.pdf
     
  2. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This has been discussed ad nauseum already.
     
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  3. Jimbo2

    Jimbo2 Angel Fish

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    Excuse me. I did a search in forums and didn't see a post about it. However, after reviewing the lengthy and varied speculations after the initial accident and more recently, I didn't see a reference to the official investigation made by NIOSH. I'll just leave the post up for those who may want a PDF to forward to fire departments, scuba clubs, training classes and/or post in dive shops. Safe diving and equipment maintenance to all!
     
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  4. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hint about Scubaboard. Before posting a new accident report, check @DandyDon postings.

    Chances are excellent that he has already posted. :wink:
     
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  5. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Here you go... did a search for "Fire Fighter". Maybe post that CDC document there, not sure it's in the thread.
     
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The Search function can be challenging to use, I know, and today it's even challenging to find. I don't see it where it usually is. Odd.

    This may have been discussed in Accidents & Incidents forum.

    I try to help post on new accidents in A&I, but I greatly appreciate others doing so as well. I post on a variety of things so I would not suggest checking my activities. In A&I, it's usually easy to scan recent threads about recent incidents, and using the Search feature can help if you hold your mouth just right and everything else works. I hope to see that back very soon. I'll report it as MIA.

    This is Scuba Industry News forum tho, and it probably helps posting about here here, too. Thanks Jimbo.

    I had a close call once with medical oxygen tanks. My favorite thrift store had some for sell, but the valves were stuck. If I hadn't read about the horrible experiences of another fellow when he forced open one, incurring severe injuries, I probably would have tried the Bigger Hammer & Bigger Wrench approach myself. Since I had, I encouraged the manager to call the fire department and ask for help is disposing hazardous tanks, she did, and they got rid of them safely.
     
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  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ok, the usual Search feature I use on specific forums is missing, but I see that there is another in the menu at the top of the page, even tho it takes more tweaking. That's another example of using Search as doing so for Firefighter and Fire Fighter may give different results.

    I found the A&I thread on the accident from last year, Firefighter killed filling tanks - Ohio but the information in the link that Jimbo found was not in it, so I'll add it. Thanks again Jimbo2.
     
  8. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    I found that Google with ScubaBoard in the search works so much better than the search function on the board.



    Bob
     
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  9. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  10. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...

    For those interested in this particular incident, please follow the link in the post above, where the accident was discussed in detail. Also see the link in the first post, which will take you directly to the accident report.
     
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