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Highway construction worker dies when struck by semi-tractor trailer.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2003 Mar; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20026426
Abstract
At approximately 8:30 am on April 16, 2003, a 48-year-old male (decedent) highway construction laborer working in an interstate highway median, died when he was struck by an out-of-control double trailer (a semi-truck pulling two trailers). The laborer was speaking with the job foreman and another laborer in the median next to a grading machine. As the decedent looked toward the traffic, he saw a double trailer traveling on the right-hand shoulder swerve into the left-hand lane and drive into the median where all three men were standing. He told the other two to get out of the way as he himself tried to do. The double trailer hit the victim, who died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries. To prevent similar incidents in the future from occurring, the following recommendations have been made: 1. Positive barriers should be used in all interstate work areas during all phases of the job contract work periods to protect workers from vehicles in traffic lanes. 2. Speed limits in highway work zones should be reduced and enforced according to the type of work performed and temporary roadway surfaces being utilized. 3. Semi trailers should be equipped with an anti-lock breaking system (ABS) and tractor trailer drivers should be given defensive driving courses with ABS system operation.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-4; Truck-drivers; Road-construction; Road-surfacing; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Author Keywords: Construction; Highway work zone; Interstate; Positive barrier; Double trailer
Publication Date
20030304
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-114009
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-03KY030; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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