Charleston Firefighter Line of Duty Death – update

Charleston Fire The owners of a Charleston furniture store that burned down and killed nine firefighters agreed to pay $13,110 in fines but they admitted no wrongdoing, state regulators announced Friday. The Sofa Super Store was initially fined $32,775 for three violations in the June 18 blaze, the nation’s greatest loss of firefighters since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.The store was fined for having padlocked doors and cited for fire doors that did not work. The business was also fined for not having an emergency action plan in place for its employees. The store also agreed to review fire safety procedures at its other locations.“I would say that we’re satisfied that a reasonable resolution has been reached, and the company is doing everything they can to promote safety,” store attorney Robert Rosen said. The settlement must be approved by the chairman of the state occupational safety review board, and regulators would not discuss the agreement until then.Last month, the city of Charleston agreed to pay $3,160 in fines but also acknowledged no wrongdoing. The city was cited for failing to enforce requirements on protective gear and breathing equipment, and not having written procedures for command at fires. The city has since changed its protective equipment requirements. Officials still have not announced a cause for the blaze, though authorities have said the fire began near a loading dock where employees said they took cigarette breaks. Story and Photo By the Associated Press

2 thoughts on “Charleston Firefighter Line of Duty Death – update”

  1. As an added component for the website, we will be reporting all line of duty deaths and updates thereof. This will provide our readers the opportunity to express condolences, make comments, and state any recommendations towards the safety of Emergency Responders….

    With that said:
    Here is yet another justification for for the importance of Incident Command at fire scenes. Factor in a greater alarm, and it is easy to see why larger organizations with available funding, staff Command vehicles with Assistants/Aids.

  2. Roger Yow, president of Local 61, released this statement today on the South Carolina OSHA’s settlement with the Sofa Super Store: This is just another slap in the face to the deceased firefighters and their families. The South Carolina OSHA has mishandled this incident from the beginning, and their backroom bargaining with the city and the Sofa Super Store is shameful. The South Carolina OSHA says this settlement is for the good of workers.

    In fact, the message is that employers won’t be held accountable. The agency’s modest fines will do little to encourage businesses to boost safety and prevent the future loss of life. This settlement shows once again that the S.C. OSHA is run by the good old boy network, and the agency doesn’t care about workers, even when they are killed in preventable circumstances.

    SOURCE International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

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