CAUTION – The Pack Test Involves Risk

The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC) has a record of 5 Work Capacity Test related fatalities within the past 10 years.

We recently took a close look at reports involving the Work Capacity Test.

We should all properly prepare for our annual walk for work — whether it involves weight or not.

These incidents remind us that this annual endeavor may in fact be a walk in the park — but that does not mean it is free from danger.

Graph of Work Capacity Test Incident Categories

Are you prepared to deal with a cardiac event? Do you know the signs and symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis?

Who do you want on scene when an incident occurs?

Do you ALWAYS have an AED on site at the Pack Test? Have you checked your AED’s condition lately?

Click on each image below to access the full report of each incident.

Use the lessons!

Download and print this Work Capacity Test Infographic to hang in your ready room:

2 thoughts on “CAUTION – The Pack Test Involves Risk

  1. My organization in NZ requires a medical check from a GP before someone can proceed to the pack test. Is this the case for other agencies?

    • US federal employees have a basic yearly employment medical screening as a requirement to participate in the work capacity test. Non-federal US employees have hit and miss medical screening dependent on their agency.

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