PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department has been assessed a $95,000 penalty after the May death of firefighter Brad Harper .
The Industrial Commission of Arizona and the City of Phoenix released three separate reports Tuesday afternoon detailing the events of May 18, 2013, when 23-year-old Harper became pinned between two emergency vehicles after responding to a mulch fire near 39th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
Harper later died at a Valley hospital as a result of his injuries.
The Industrial Commission cited the Phoenix Fire Department for two violations -- a serious willful violation, because the department failed to use a spotter when backing up the emergency vehicles, and a regulatory violation because the incident resulted in the death of an employee.
The penalty for the serious willful violation is $70,000. The penalty for the regulatory violation is $25,000 and will be paid to Harper's dependents.
An incident review conducted by the department recommended that "backing assistance devices" be installed on all Phoenix fire department vehicles. According to the report, this can include backup cameras, automatic breaking devices and sonar warning devices.
The review also called for additional safety training regarding vehicle operations and situational awareness.
The department's report said that inattention of the vehicle operators, vehicle placement, lack of a spotter, lack of a readily available fire hydrant, and lack of situational awareness all contributed to the deadly accident.
The report also said that no civil or criminal charges are pending in the case and it will be closed.
Harper was laid to rest on May 24, 2013.
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