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Massachusetts newspaper girl dies after being struck by a jeep while delivering her route from a 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 94MA016, 1994 Sep; :1-4
On May 5, 1994, a twelve year old, female news carrier was fatally injured when she was struck by a jeep while delivering papers from her bicycle. The girl, who was not wearing a helmet, had just made a delivery and was coming out of the customer's driveway when she was struck. Although the customer did not witness the incident, she heard the collision, and immediately called emergency services. Rescue personnel and the police arrived within minutes of the collision. The youth was treated for massive head and other injuries, then driven by ambulance to another location where she was airlifted to a metropolitan hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital one hour following the incident. 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. Give serious consideration to the safety of news carriers by taking into account traffic patterns and the age of carriers when making route assignments; 3. Hold periodic (monthly or quarterly) safety meetings for news carriers at the district or community level.
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-helmets; Age-factors; Children; Women
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA016; 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
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division