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Flagger dies after being struck by a pickup truck in a highway work zone.

NIOSH 2004 Sep; :1-5
On February 20th, 2004 a 47 year-old male flagger, who was employed by a temporary employment service agency, was struck by a pickup truck driven by a traveling motorist in a highway work zone. At the time of the incident, the victim and another flagger were directing traffic on a state highway for a tree service crew that was trimming branches to clear the power lines that belonged to a local utility company. On the morning of the incident, the crew had closed two lanes of a three-lane highway and had left only one southbound driving lane open to all traffic, both northbound and southbound. Warning signs were placed ahead of the work zone at each end. The victim, who wore a reflective vest and a hard hat, was directing the southbound traffic with a "Stop/Slow" sign at the north end of the work zone. At approximately 9:05 a.m., a black pickup truck suddenly pulled out of the southbound traffic into the passing lane and accelerated to approximately 60 miles per hour (mph) into the work zone. The victim was struck by the vehicle and thrown in the air by the impact. He landed on the northbound shoulder approximately 30 feet from the collision point. The emergency squad and the New York State Police (NYSP) arrived at the incident site within minutes. The victim was transported by helicopter to a hospital trauma center where he died thirteen days after the incident from the injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for multiple traffic violations. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, employers should: 1. Consider the use of law enforcement officers in cruisers at each end of highway work zones and the use of radar surveillance for traffic speed control; 2. Reduce speed limits through work zones on highways with high traffic volume to help protect workers; and 3. Use additional traffic control devices and warning signs to supplement the minimum signs recommended by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Region-2; 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; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-signs; Warning-systems
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04NY012; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-220784
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New York State Department of Health. Health Research Incorporated