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Document ID (ISN)101467
CIS number 03-371
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fabio A., Ta M., Strotmeyer S., Li W., Schmidt E.
Title Incident-level risk factors for firefighter injuries at structural fires
Bibliographic information Nov. 2002, Vol.44, No.11, p.1059-1063. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract Firefighting is a demanding occupation, involving many hazardous exposures which can result in traumatic injuries. However, there is little epidemiological evidence quantifying these factors. An incident-level case-control study of National Fire Incident Reporting System data was conducted on the association between firefighter injury and incident characteristics. Risk factors included five or more alarms (odds ratio OR=3.85), number of stories (OR=2.49), and at least one civilian injury (OR=3.69). Risk of injury was reduced for fires originating 49 feet and higher (OR=0.57). This analysis suggests that fire site-specific situations such as the number of stories or a civilian injury increase the risk of firefighter injury.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; risk factors; fire; fire fighting
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; buildings; premises; fire alarms; hazard evaluation; case-control study; injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fires