On May 11, 2005, a 52-year-old male traffic control supervisor (the victim) was backed over in a roadway work zone by a dump truck hauling asphalt. The victim was part of a sub-contracted crew providing traffic control on a city street while paving was being done. The traffic control crew had re-arranged the work zone for a new paving operation, and the victim was picking up some extra cones in the work zone. The victim was facing away from an asphalt dump truck that was traveling in reverse towards the paver. The driver felt a "bump" and saw some cones tumbling into the road. He stopped, pulled forward and parked the truck. The driver and a traffic control worker found the victim lying face down on the ground moaning while clutching some traffic cones. They yelled for someone to call 911. Approximately 4 minutes later, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived on scene, assessed the victim and found he had multiple injuries. The victim was transported via ambulance to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that backing procedures are in place for the use of mobile construction vehicles, a spotter is designated to direct backing, and drivers are in communication with workers on foot; 2. develop, implement and enforce procedures that minimize exposure of workers on foot to moving construction vehicles and equipment; 3. develop and implement specific training on equipment blind areas for mobile equipment operators and workers on foot; 4. consider installing after market devices (i.e., camera, radar, and sonar) on construction vehicles and equipment to help monitor the presence of workers on foot in blind areas. Additionally, 1. employers and companies performing any type of final assembly on construction vehicles should ensure that safety equipment is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and operates as intended; 2. manufacturers of heavy construction equipment, such as dump trucks, should explore the possibility of incorporating new monitoring technology (e.g., radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and tag readers) on their equipment to help monitor the presence of workers on foot in blind areas; 3. the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and State OSHA Plans should consider a rulemaking effort to improve the safety regulations and require new safeguards for employees on roadway construction worksites.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Road-construction; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Training; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design; Safety-engineering; Safety-practices; Road-surfacing; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Warning-signals; Warning-systems; Surveillance