http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/...1275M/46$66304He entered the wrong door, falling through the unguarded hole onto the concrete floor below. The door to the pole was a few feet away from a similar door to the restroom.
Jones said in court papers that his injuries were a result of negligence by the city and the department for failing to install a proper guard or around the pole or the door that opened to it.
I don't really understand all that I know about the UNGUARDED pole doors and openings...?
Here is a photo of one of the three poles [installed in 1896] in old central, with the simple home-made wood doors and galvanized pipe around the opening from the local hardware. There are is no recollection or records of anyone EVER falling through the openings in 74 years.
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10-27-2009, 01:09 PM #1
Firefighter Who Fell Down Pole Shaft:
10-27-2009, 01:39 PM #2
From reading the article, sounds like the pole in question was behind an actual full-sized door, much like a closet. To the un-initiated (or as in this case, a detailed guy from another station) it looks like any other closet, bathroom or another room door. I can easily see how someone from another station, thinking it was the bathroom door, could walk right into it (while rubbing sleep out of his eyes.....) I myself worked in a fire station with this very type of pole enclosure. Perhaps they should have placed some kind of gate inside the door......"Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
10-27-2009, 02:23 PM #3
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Sounds like a case where we were better off with the old system of railings. At least with those pictured, you could see what was behind the gates and not confuse it for a closet. Even a half height wall and door would have been better. Of course I have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
10-27-2009, 10:17 PM #4
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