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Youth newspaper delivery assistant dies in motor vehicle collision.

NIOSH 2001 Mar; :1-3
A 17-year-old male newspaper delivery assistant (the victim) was a passenger in an automobile that burst into fire after it was struck from behind by another vehicle. The victim was seated in the front passenger seat of the auto driven by an newspaper carrier (co-worker) who employed the youth as a casual worker to assist with the driver's daily newspaper delivery route. The incident occurred shortly after sunrise while the co-worker was pulling the vehicle off a two-lane county road. She was traveling at about 5 miles per hour, and steered the auto partially onto the shoulder of the southbound lane. Neither the victim nor the co-worker were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. An automobile was traveling at about 55 miles per hour in the southbound lane and struck the back of the newspaper delivery workers' auto. The impact pushed the workers' auto into the ditch and caused it to overturn onto the driver's side and burst into flames. The victim was tossed into the back seat by the collision, and the co-worker was ejected from the passenger side window. A resident of a house situated near the collision site ran outside when she heard the crash. She saw the co-worker lying in the road in front of the burning car, and pulled her away from the flames. A driver in another vehicle saw the burning vehicles from his rear-view mirror and summoned emergency services with his cell phone. The sheriff arrived at the scene within four minutes, followed by the fire department and EMS. After the flames were extinguished, the victim was extricated from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of both vehicles survived the collision, and were taken to the hospital. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Equip vehicles that must travel slowly and/or stop frequently with high-visibility flashing lights that can be seen from all directions. Confirm if such equipment is allowed under state law in the jurisdiction where the employer is operating. 2. Ensure all travelers are trained in the proper use of vehicle safety features and drivers are trained in safe driving practices. Additionally, agencies responsible for setting standards for highway safety should: 3. Develop and enforce requirements for all occupants of moving vehicles to use occupant restraint systems whenever the vehicle is in motion.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Drivers; Training; Motor-vehicles
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-00WI106; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services