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Vehicle strikes utility worker in short-duration work zone.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2003 Nov; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20025928
Abstract
On Oct. 3, 2003, a 57-year-old utility worker was killed when a vehicle entered his short-duration work zone and struck him. The worker was in the process of locating underground gas lines for construction work taking place on both sides of an active five lane suburban road. The worker parked his vehicle half on the sidewalk and half on the bike lane to avoid obstruction, and placed two orange safety cones behind the vehicle on the edge of the bike lane to warn motorists of the work zone. The worker was standing near the left rear of his vehicle using a locator device when struck. The 18-year-old motorist in the incident was reportedly using a cell phone when her vehicle drifted off the roadway. The victim was pronounced on scene by the medical examiner. Recommendations: 1. Analyze the work site including traffic patterns and plan the work zone, before you begin working. 2. Position work vehicle to create an obstacle to prevent oncoming traffic from hitting you. 3. Minimize exposure to moving traffic. 4. Drivers should not engage in activities that distract them from driving or hinder driving performance.
Keywords
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accident-potential; Accidents; Drivers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Job-analysis; Motor-vehicles; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-education; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
20031103
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-113386
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-03OR032; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR
Performing Organization
Oregon Department of Human Services
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