A veteran FDNY firefighter who died battling a Queens blaze in 2017 wasn’t tethered to his ladder basket when he plummeted five stories to his death, an investigation found.
William Tolley, 42, was standing in the basket, which was attached to a 75-foot ladder, when it got stuck against the roof of the five-story residential building, the probe concluded.
Moments later, “the platform suddenly released … causing a violent, upward movement and ejecting the firefighter from the platform,” says the November 2018 report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a copy of which The Post obtained.
It found that Tolley’s “personal escape system” was not tied to the platform, causing him to free fall onto the Putnam Avenue sidewalk below.
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