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Highway worker struck and killed by an auto while filling potholes.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 03NJ070, 2004 Aug; :1-6
On September 5, 2003, a 31-year-old highway maintenance worker was struck and killed by an automobile while preparing to fill potholes in the shoulder of a toll road. The victim was part of a two-man mobile work crew assigned to fill potholes along a section of the highway. The workers had just stopped their utility truck on the shoulder of the road and had walked to the rear of the truck to get their equipment. At that time, a motorist was witnessed driving erratically down the highway. As he approached the crew, he drove his Volvo sedan onto the shoulder of the highway, striking the victim and sideswiping the truck. The force of the impact severed the victim's leg and threw him into the back of the utility truck. His co-worker, an experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), was uninjured and tried to help the victim, who died at the scene. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Mobile highway work crews should use truck-mounted traffic attenuators and sign boards as per the USDOT Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. 2. Highway authorities should consider the use of automated machines for the routine filling of potholes. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Road-surfacing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NJ070; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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