Construction foreman motor vehicle crash in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1992 Nov; :1-4
A 42 year old male construction foreman died from preventable injuries incurred when his company pickup rear-ended a tanker trailer which had slowed on a grade on a state highway in a rural area of the state. The victim was traveling northeast on a dry three-lane asphalt highway during clear weather in daylight hours, enroute to a testing site near a coal mine. A truck-tractor, semi-trailer/trailer combination loaded with about 15,000 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas was travelling ahead of the victim, and had slowed to approximately 15 mph in the rightmost northbound lane, in order to pull a 5% uphill grade on a right hand turn. The victim did not appear to take any evasive action to avoid the crash, and struck the right rear of the tanker with the left front of the pickup. Emergency services were notified either by the tanker driver or by a passing motorist. The victim was declared dead at the scene from a ruptured aorta as a result of a compressive chest injury. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Provide periodic safe driving reviews (similar to the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Program) to personnel whose jobs require vehicle operation. 2. Encourage personnel involved in travel to utilize seatbelt protection at all times. 3. Review procedures for travel to and from test locations to assure that traveling personnel minimize job-related distractions or fatigue.
Region-8; 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; Safety-belts; Supervisory-personnel; Drivers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health