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Laborer run over by dump truck at roadway resurfacing operation - Virginia.

Moore PH; Pettit TA; Cassini VJ; Castillo DN
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-19, 1998 Dec; :1-9
On July 7, 1998, a 35-year-old male laborer (the victim) was run over by a dump truck during resurfacing operations on a two-lane municipal road. The victim, part of an eight person paving crew, was assigned to rake and finish the edge of the abutment between the new pavement and the existing concrete curb. For an unknown reason, the victim left the curbside of the road, walked around the front of the paving machine, and continued walking back along the road centerline. At the same time a dump truck, leaving the work zone, was traveling behind the victim in the adjacent lane. As the truck approached, the victim walked in front of the truck's right front bumper. He was not seen by the truck driver, and was struck and run over by the right front wheel of the truck. NIOSH investigators concluded that to prevent similar incidents in the future, employers should: ensure that workers remain clear of moving equipment and that only those workers necessary to the job at hand be in the area; consider the use of electronic signaling devices or sensors to warn equipment operators of the presence of pedestrians in the blind spots of mobile equipment; consider providing and requiring pedestrian workers to wear high visibility headgear of standardized color; and, employers, manufacturers, and regulators should - carefully evaluate the placement of auxiliary equipment in vehicle cabs.
Traumatic-injuries; Asphalt-industry; Construction-workers; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Truck-drivers; Region-3; Construction-Search
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