Training Accident – a FF and Capt were injured as a ladder being used for a VEIS drill slipped and fell to the ground. The FF fell 10′-12′ to the ground, suffering bruising and a sprained wrist. The Capt footing the ladder suffered a broken foot from being struck by the ladder.
The Capt was supporting the ladder in a braced position from the underside. It was placed in a shallow angle for rescue. The Capt repositioned his feet while still holding both rails. The ladder started to slide and he could not regain control. The ladder slid down the side of the training tower and the FF stayed on the ladder until both struck the ground.
The Capt and additional crew provided care. After packaging the FF for transport, the Capt told the BC he would ride-in to have his foot looked at. He suffered a fractured tibia when the ladder struck him.
– Due to the concrete surface consider using “stall mats” to increase friction and bite for the ladder base.
– Tie-off ladder at the base or secure to the inside of the window for drills.
– On hard surfaces be very mindful of shallow angles and only use with extreme caution and a good healing position.
– Consider heeling the ladder from the butt, facing the building. This increases visibility by the healing position member and removes them from any danger of falling objects or debris.