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Police officer dies after being backed over by a dump truck - Massachusetts.

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 01MA039, 2003 Jul; :1-6
On November 2, 2001, a 66-year-old male municipal police officer (the victim) was fatally injured while working a traffic detail (controlling traffic) at a highway construction site (work zone). The victim was on site to direct traffic around the work zone and to direct construction equipment entering and exiting the work area. The dump truck involved in the incident was loaded with asphalt and located inside the construction site. The task to be performed was to finish paving a small section of a turnout that was located inside the construction site immediately north of an intersection. The dump truck driver was asked by the general contractor to back to the unfinished section of the turnout approximately 1,000 feet away. The victim was standing at the edge of the construction work zone in the closed northbound right-hand travel lane. He was facing oncoming traffic and had his back to the backing dump truck when he was struck and backed over by the truck. Two witnesses, a mother and her child, stopped to report the incident. Calls were placed for emergency assistance and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce an internal traffic control plan (ITCP) specific to each construction site to reduce backing of construction vehicles. 2. Ensure backing protocols are in place and that designated individuals are assigned as signalers to direct backing construction vehicles on construction sites. 3. Ensure that communication exists among equipment operators and workers on foot. In addition, local and state government agencies should: 4. Consider offering work zone safety training for all municipal officers who perform traffic details. In addition, manufacturers of heavy construction equipment, such as dump trucks, should: 5. Explore the possibility of incorporating collision avoidance technology on their equipment to assist the operator while backing.
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; Training; Police-officers; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-construction; Road-surfacing; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-systems; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-01MA039; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division