CMPD fined by state after recruit's death, contesting portions of report

CMPD fined after recruit death

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina's Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Division has released portions of its investigation following the death of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police recruit three months ago.

Twenty-nine-old Jeremy Moseley collapsed during training to become a police officer on July 5 and later died.

According to a Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's report released last month, Moseley had a temperature of 105.9 about two hours after collapsing. His cause of death was listed as hyperthermia.

The medical report also shows Moseley was taking herbal supplements for weight loss, having an "unknown effect on his electrolyte balance." Moseley has a medical history of asthma, the medical report shows, but no recent exacerbation was reported.

Moseley was running outdoors when he collapsed around 8:30 a.m. during a state mandated physical fitness training at the police academy, located on Shopton Road.

His death has been ruled accidental.

But the Department of Labor report cited CMPD for failing to "furnish to each of his employees conditions of employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards that were causing or were likely to cause death or serious injury or serious physical harm."

"A heat stress awareness and prevention program was not implemented for employees/recruits while performing strenuous physical training," the citation reads. "Employees/recruits were required to complete the physical training session in a high temperature, high humidity environment with no water provided, breaks not encouraged while wearing bullet proof vest."

The report references several violations involving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Training Academy.

CMPD has been fined $7,000 by the Department of Labor for the violation.

Officials with CMPD said "the findings of the report serious," but they are also contesting portions of the assessment. CMPD says it is submitting additional records to the (DOL) about Moseley's medical condition.

"The  Medical Examiner determined that Jeremy Moseley's pre-existing medical condition played a critical role in his death," officials said Friday.

The department has also reportedly "reviewed and identified several changes to incorporate" in the recruit training since Moseley's death.

Those changes include, in part:

  • The CMPD Academy training staff will be provided OSHA “Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers.  The guide will be reviewed by staff for a thorough understanding of employer responsibilities  under hot and humid conditions.
  • The CMPD will begin to use a planning checklist provided by OSHA to brief recruits on the relevance of safety and health issues.
  • The academy staff will immediately begin to monitor the OSHA safety phone application relevant to temperature and heat index.
  • The CMPD will immediately begin to follow guidelines in OSHA’s publication specific to acclimating recruits to warmer temperatures and humidity.
  • Water bottles are issued to each recruit and a five gallon water cooler is made accessible during physical training.
  • Academy staff will be re-trained on the recognition of signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses.

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