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Laborer is killed when backed over by asphalt milling machine.

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 03MA018, 2005 Jul; :1-6
On June 5, 2003, a 43-year-old male laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when struck by a backing asphalt milling machine. The paving crew had been using the milling machine to grind down a section of a parking lot. The victim was struck while walking alongside the milling machine while the machine was backing. A co-worker yelled to the milling machine operator to stop because the laborer was run over. The milling machine operator and a truck driver, who was on site, attended to the victim. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were notified and responded to the incident site within minutes. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure that there is a clear line of communication between milling machine operators and the assigned ground persons. In addition, FACE investigators concluded that as a matter of prudent safety practice, employers should: 2. Ensure that employees have sufficient rest periods between work shifts. Milling machine manufacturers should: 3. Give increased attention to machine operator visibility when developing machine designs and operational procedures. 4. Explore the possibility of incorporating new monitoring technology on equipment, which will assist operators 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; Equipment-operators; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Warning-systems; Asphalt-industry; Road-surfacing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03MA018; 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