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Supervisor/foreman struck by a pickup truck while placing channelizer drum in road.
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 07MI169, 2008 Aug; :1-7
On November 30, 2007, a 57-year-old male, who was the supervisor/foreman and part owner of a concrete curb and gutter installation company, was struck and killed by an oncoming pickup as he was placing a channelizer drum in the roadway. On the day of the incident, the decedent and the county road commission inspector met at the jobsite to discuss necessary repair to approximately 15 linear feet of curb near the intersection of two roadways. Discussions between the foreman and the county inspector outlined the traffic control to be used during the activity. The traffic control devices used during the duration of the original installation were still available on site and would be reinstalled. After the arrival of the saw truck and prior to all crewmembers arriving at the site, the decedent began to install the channelizer drums to taper the southbound travel lane next to the curb where the repair work would take place. No advanced warning devices had been placed into position by the decedent to provide upcoming traffic construction notification to the northbound or southbound traffic. The decedent had placed three drums to begin the taper on the southbound lane. Walking in front of the parked saw truck, he entered the southbound lane to place the fourth drum between the first tapering drum and the drum placed at the double yellow line. A pickup truck traveling in the southbound lane struck the decedent. Emergency response was called. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Recommendations: 1. Road construction employers should ensure street construction work zones are set up in accordance with the Michigan Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MMUTCD). 2. Road construction employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes training on hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions. Training should include the hazards of work zone activities and; 3. Road construction employers should provide and ensure that employees wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including high visibility vests, when working along roadways. 4. Employers should consider all applicable elements of a traffic control management program in accordance with the degree of risk to personnel in a work zone.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Road-construction; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Michigan State University
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division