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Massachusetts newspaper boy dies when struck by a van while crossing the street on his bicycle.

Massachusetts 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 94MA008, 1994 Apr; :1-4
A fourteen year old, male, paper boy was fatally injured when he was struck by a van at approximately 7:45 am on Saturday, November 27. On route to pick up his newspapers at a drop off point, the boy was about to cross the street on his bicycle when he was hit. The boy was wearing a "stadium jacket" with a large, thick hood which likely blocked his peripheral vision, and he was not wearing a helmet. After the impact, the driver of the van stopped and immediately sought assistance. Police and rescue personnel arrived within minutes of the collision. The youth was stabilized, and driven by ambulance to the school football field where he was air lifted to a city hospital. He died of a severe brain injury two days later. In order to prevent future similar occurrences, the Massachusetts FACE Program recommends that employers: 1. Require all carriers delivering from a bicycle to wear an approved bicycle helmet; 2. Locate their newspaper drop-off points away from busy intersections or streets; 3. Prohibit carriers from using hoods while riding bicycles; 4. Hold periodic (monthly or quarterly) safety meetings for news carriers at the district or community level; 5. Provide a safety training program for the personnel who manage news carriers, and ensure that all necessary safety information is communicated by these personnel to new carriers; 6. Include a safety clause in any signed agreement between the company and the carrier.
Region-1; 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; Newspapers; Bicycles; Drivers; Safety-programs; Safety-clothing; Safety-helmets
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division