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Highway construction flagman dies after being struck by a pickup truck.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1992 Sep; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20027364
Abstract
An 18-year-old male (victim) highway construction flagman died as a result of traumatic injuries received after being struck by a pickup truck. A highway crew was milling the surface of a bridge approach area in preparation for re-surfacing. The work was being done at night during minimum traffic hours. The victim, outfitted in full reflective vest, pants, and hard hat, was directing traffic at one end of the bridge. The road was well marked with traffic cones and signs and the entire bridge was well lit with street lights. In addition, at the time of the incident he was standing under portable flood lights and rotary beacons were situated near him. He was standing in the opposing traffic lane close to the center line, facing on-coming traffic. A pickup truck, traveling 55-60 miles per hour (mph) and in the wrong lane, struck him head on and carried him approximately 200 feet. He died almost immediately from multiple traumatic injuries. MN FACE investigators concluded that , in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. reduce the posted traffic speed limit through highway construction and work zones; and 2. post law enforcement vehicles and/or personnel near and before highway construction zones to capture drivers' attention and ensure that traffic slows before entering the work area.
Keywords
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; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-surfacing; Drivers
Publication Date
19920924
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-112909
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-92MN014; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
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