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Police officer dies when struck by a car at night while directing traffic at a local fair - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 08MA037, 2009 Sep; :1-8
On August 16, 2008, a 67-year-old male police officer (victim) was fatally injured when struck by a car while performing a traffic detail. The victim was directing traffic at night for a local annual fair and had been stationed at a T-shaped intersection close to the fairground's main entrance. Property owners along this and other roadways near the fairgrounds are allowed, with a permit obtained from the town, to charge fair attendees to park on their lawns and property. At the time of the incident, the victim had stopped all traffic at the intersection to allow a car parked on a lawn adjacent to the intersection to exit its parking location and enter the main roadway. While he was assisting this car, another car drove into the intersection where the victim was located, striking him. Other police officers conducting traffic details at the fair responded immediately to the victim and placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS). EMS and additional local police department personnel arrived within minutes. The victim was transported to the town's high school where he was then Med-flighted to a hospital. The victim died at the hospital nine days after the incident. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, municipalities should: 1.) Install signs indicating when there are police officers ahead in the roadway and/or pedestrians are crossing ahead; 2.) Consider using portable rumble strips in the vicinity of major intersections and pedestrian crossing areas during planned events that will draw large crowds; 3.) Evaluate and modify the locations and flow of motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic around routine planned special events that draw crowds; and 4.) Consider providing work zone/traffic detail safety training for all municipal officers.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Police-officers; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MA037; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division