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Laborer run over by dump truck while paving parking lot.

Minnesota 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 99MN032, 1999 Jan; :1-3
A 19-year-old laborer (victim) died after being run over by a dump truck filled with asphalt. The victim worked for a paving company that was contracted to pave the parking lot of a small office complex. At the time of the incident, the victim was leveling and smoothing freshly laid asphalt with a tool known as a lute. He was in the "danger zone" area between the dump truck and the paver smoothing a section of asphalt near the edge of a previously laid strip of asphalt. The dump truck driver did not see the victim as he backed the truck toward the paver with a load of asphalt. Although the truck's back-up alarm was sounding, the victim did not move as the truck approached and was he run over. Coworkers immediately placed a call to emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being called. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should designate a single on-site worker who has responsibility for authorizing and directing the movement of certain vehicles, such as trucks traveling in reverse; 2. mobile equipment should be equipped with sensing units to detect pedestrian workers in the blind spots of the equipment operator; and 3. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Region-5; 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; Protective-measures; Safety-programs; Equipment-operators; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-systems; Truck-drivers; Road-surfacing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MN032; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 16, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division