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Hispanic laborer run over and killed by backing dump truck in roadway construction zone.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 04NE040, 2005 Jul; :1-6
The victim, a 42-year-old Hispanic male concrete finisher, was killed when backed over by a dump truck in a roadway work zone. The victim's employer was contracted to remove old asphalt and concrete from a closed portion of a four-lane highway. The victim and several other employees met in front of the dump truck with a supervisor to discuss their specific job assignments. After receiving their instructions, the victim walked alongside the backing dump truck for a few feet, then moved into the path directly behind it. As the victim was walking away from the truck it struck him, knocking him over and rolling over him. The driver felt a "thump" and immediately stopped the truck. Another employee yelled for the supervisor to call 911. Emergency personnel responded and the victim was declared dead at the scene. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Establish a system to ensure the area behind and adjacent to vehicles and equipment is clear to safely operate. 2. Ensure that all employees are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). 3. Ensure that equipment warning devices are adequate. 4. Establish & maintain a Safety Committee & an Effective Written Injury Prevention Plan.
Region-7; 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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Truck-drivers; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Safety-clothing; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-signs; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Road-construction; Road-surfacing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04NE040; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division