Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 81-137-990; Federated Fire Fighters of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada [open pdf - 5MB]
"On November 22, 1980, a fire occurred in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Approximately 400 firemen from Las Vegas and surrounding counties were involved in fighting the fire. A considerable number of fatalities were caused by the fire, although none among firemen. In December 1980, NIOSH [National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health] was requested to evaluate the possibility that the fire may have led to lasting adverse health effects among the firemen. The request, which was submitted by the Federated Fire Fighters of Nevada through the International Association of Fire Fighters, stated that firemen were still, several weeks after the fire, experiencing respiratory and other symptoms and that these symptoms may have been caused by exposure to smoke and fumes during the fire. The request also stated that firemen had suffered untoward psychological effects due to the great number of fatalities and that these effects warranted evaluation."
HETA # 81-137-990; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 81-137-990
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