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Highway paving crew member dies after being run over by a rear end dump truck.

NIOSH 1992 Oct; :1-4
A 45-year-old member of a highway paving crew (victim) died as a result of being run over by a rear end dump truck that was backing up during truck repositioning maneuvers on a section of highway under construction. The victim was asked to instruct a line of seven truck drivers to back up to a new location. He proceeded to the rear truck (Truck 1) and gave instructions to do so. At the same time, another truck (Truck 2) was coming forward towards the line from the rear. While the victim signaled Truck 2 to stop, Truck 1's driver began turning and backing up to make way for Truck 2. The victim was in the path of Truck 1 and in the driver's blind spot. Although Truck 1's back-up alarm was functioning properly and despite attempts by Truck 2's driver to signal the danger to the victim, he was hit and pushed approximately 14 feet on blacktop. He died later that day in surgery from exsanguination. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. workers should direct only traffic moving in one direction at busy, noisy construction sites; 2. include information in employee safety training about human inaccuracy in estimating the arrival time of a moving vehicle; and 3. equip trucks used on construction sites with rearview sonar which alarms drivers of close proximity to objects behind them.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-construction; Truck-drivers; Warning-devices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MN007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health