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Worker dies as a result of being struck and pinned between two vehicles while repairing potholes.

Michigan State University
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 03MI005, 2007 Sep; :1-10
On Monday, January 13, 2003, at approximately 11:40 a.m., a 40-year old male worker repairing a road with cold patch was momentarily pinned between the cold patch truck he was shoveling cold patch from and the backup vehicle pulling the flasher board warning arrow signaling drivers to stay back from the work crew. He collapsed and died on January 15, 2003, at the hospital where he had been taken after his injury as he was preparing to leave the hospital. Recommendations: 1. The employer should develop and provide periodic training that ensures that employees recognize the hazards associated with their work and the consequences of becoming complacent regarding those hazards. 2. The employer should install 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. 3. Employers should ensure that safe work procedures are in place for the use of mobile construction vehicles, a spotter is designated to direct movement of these vehicles, and drivers are in communication with workers on foot.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Training; Work-areas; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-personnel; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Drivers; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Road-construction; Road-surfacing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03MI005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
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