Incident directory

1956 - Fire Training School, Gipton

28/02/1956

Country:

UK

  • Fall/ working from height

Severity:

Description

Date of event

28th February 1956.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Fire training school.

Location

Gipton, Leeds.

Service area

Leeds Fire Brigade, now West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS).

Nature of incident

Fall from height.

Property type

Unknown at this time.

Premises use

Fire training school.

Construction type and materials

Unknown with Asbestos roof.

Occupancy

Members of staff.

Fire source and location of fire

N/A.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A recruit firefighter (Ff) died due to the injuries sustained following a fall during a hook ladder drill after stepping onto an asbestos roof. The Ff was on his eighth and final week of an initial training course run by Leeds Fire Brigade (House & Settle, 2016).

An accidental verdict of death was recorded by the Leeds coroner. The Ff died from ‘shock following a brain injury caused by falling 30 ft during a ladder drill at Gipton Fire Station, Leeds’. It was also said that while pitching ladders the Ff had stepped of a parapet and onto an asbestos roof and fell through it (Unknown author, 1956).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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West Yorkshire Police Incident Report/s

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc and/or Related Government Correspondence

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2016). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance. [online]. Available at. http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler  [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. with the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Unknown author. (1956). Accident verdict on trainee. Fire. (April). Page 533.

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