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Field engineer struck by vehicle while painting highway markings.

New Jersey Department of Health
NIOSH 2003 Feb; :1-7
On November 2, 2001, a 43-year-old field engineer was killed when he was struck by a truck as he was marking the shoulder of a major highway. The victim was employed by an engineering firm who oversaw the technical aspects of a highway reconstruction project. The incident occurred along a 12-lane toll road as the victim was examining a planned worksite. He had driven to the site alone, pulled onto the 14-foot-wide shoulder of the highway, and walked on the shoulder ahead of his car. As he used a can of spray paint to mark the pavement near a storm drain, he was stuck by a box truck that had intruded into the shoulder of the highway. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should provide protective equipment sufficient to protect individuals working on or near a highway. 2. Highway authorities should include contract language to ensure protection for all employees working on the highway. 3. Employers should institute a traffic control safety plan as outlined in the NIOSH publication Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries from Vehicles and Equipment.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Road-construction; Construction-workers
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-01NJ129; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health