SALISBURY (CBS) – The Salisbury Fire Department identified a firefighter involved in a freak accident Friday afternoon.

Lt. Tim Oliveira was in critical but stable condition Saturday at Beth Israel Hospital.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Officials say the 27-year veteran was working on a fire department vehicle at headquarters. The vehicle was up on jacks, but somehow dropped and landed on top of him.

He suffered internal injuries and broken ribs.

The incident is under investigation.

Comments (8)
  1. Stephen Rost says:

    The vehicle was up on jacks, but somehow dropped and landed on top of him.

    Use Safety Stands in addition to a Jack.

  2. MikeJ says:

    Should have been using Jack stands. He is lucky he wasn’t working on one of the ladder trucks. Remember “Saftey First”.
    The SUV he was working on didn’t look like a “fire department vehicle”.

    1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T says:

      AND just how many under-cover Police Vehicles are there these days! Just because there is no light bar and decals all over it, does not make it a fire department vehicle, have some respect, hes a great man.

      1. MikeJ says:

        Never heard of an undercover fire department vehicle and I have worked as a firefighter and mechanic for the past twenty years. I HAVE however seen multiple fire house’s allow on duty firemen work on personal and friends vehicles. This is against policy, a waste of taxpayer dollars and a general hazzard in itself. Respect goes where respect is deserved. I’m sure he will be fine and will surely be collecting a fat disability check for his incompetance.

      2. He Died says:

        WOW what a jerk. Turns out that was a vehicle given to the Fire Department just recently from the police department, they were planning on getting it stickered and painted the following day prior to this accident. Oh im sure he will be fine, well guess what he died. How you feel now buddy. He earned respect of many he was a 27 year firefighter and a company mechanic.. God Bless him and his family

  3. Woodise says:

    Rather sad to see this happen to a trained firefighter and mechanic, always, ALWAYS use common sense and never a jack. He should have known better.

  4. SALISBURY says:

    RIP Tim Olivera Thank you for making Salisbury a safer community for so many years. Everyone in Salisbury will miss you and also I send my condolences to the his family and alll members of the Salisbury Fire Department. Another thing Mike J show some respect, you have to feel like the most ignorant person for what you said..what goes around comes around buddy. RIP TIM OLIVERA

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