On October 20, 2006, a 28-year-old laborer (the victim) was killed when he was backed over by a Tack (A glue used to bond the old and new asphalt together.) truck while working as a flagger on an asphalt resurfacing job in a residential roadway work zone. The victim was standing with his back to the reversing Tack truck when a dump truck driver attempted to warn him by waving his arms. The Tack truck struck the victim; the driver thought he had passed over a manhole cover and continued backing. Seeing the dump truck driver running and waving his arms in his mirror, the Tack truck driver stopped. At the front of the Tack truck both drivers found the victim lying face down on a manhole cover on the ground. A laborer ran and notified a flagger who then called 911. Approximately 4 minutes later, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the police arrived on the scene. EMS determined that the victim was not breathing and pronounced him dead on the scene. A coroner arrived on the scene and at approximately 2:21 p.m., the victim was transported to the morgue. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that backing procedures are in place for mobile construction vehicles, a spotter is designated to direct backing, and drivers are in communication with workers on foot. 2. Provide workers with safety training for the duties they are assigned to perform, and develop/implement specific training on equipment blind areas for roadway construction workers. 3. Develop, implement and enforce procedures that minimize exposure of workers on foot to moving construction vehicles and equipment. 4. Consider installing after market devices (i.e., camera, radar, and sonar) on construction vehicles and equipment to help monitor the presence of workers on foot in blind areas. Additionally, manufacturers of heavy construction equipment, such as Tack trucks, should explore the possibility of incorporating new monitoring technology (e.g., tag-based warning systems that use radio frequency (RFID) or magnetic field generators on equipment to detect electronic tags worn by workers) to help monitor the presence of workers on foot in blind areas.
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