Explosives representative head-on crash in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1992 Sep; :1-3
A 31 year old male customer service representative of an explosives manufacturing firm died in a hospital emergency room approximately 2 hours after having been involved in a preventable night time left-frontal traffic crash with an unloaded dump truck on a two lane downgrade curve in a hilly rural setting. The victim was driving a late model American made company-owned pickup with the headlights in the "bright" position, when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a late model dump-type semi-tractor with double trailer that was west bound and travelling uphill at the posted speed limit in a remote sparsely populated area. The force of impact crushed the engine and passenger compartment of the victim's vehicle, pinning the victim inside the wreckage. First responders were notified approximately 20 minutes after the crash occurred and were on the scene 36 minutes later. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Provide periodic safe driving reviews (similar to the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Program) to outside sales personnel. 2. Encourage personnel involved in travel to utilize Interstate roadway when practicable, particularly when driving in hours of darkness. 3. Review procedures for scheduling sales calls to distant locations to assure that traveling personnel minimize driving when darkness or fatigue might create unnecessary hazards.
Region-8; 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; Personal-protection; Drivers; Explosives-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health