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Laborer dies after being backed over by dump truck at a nighttime highway work zone construction site - 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 08MA028, 2011 Feb; :1-11
On June 3, 2008, a 31-year-old male construction laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when he was struck by a backing dump truck. The victim was on foot walking away from the dump truck, towards oncoming traffic, while painting a guideline for the operator of an asphalt milling machine to follow. The dump truck operator started to back the dump truck, striking the victim with the right rear double wheels. The dump truck operator realized that he had struck something, placed the truck in drive, moved the truck forward approximately 54 feet and exited the truck. When the dump truck operator walked to the rear of the truck he noticed the victim and started to yell for help. Calls were placed for emergency medical services (EMS). A state trooper assigned to the work zone was radioed by dispatch, scanned the immediate area for the victim, and then got into his police car and drove to the incident location. Within minutes EMS arrived and pronounced the victim deceased at the incident location and the Medical Examiner's Office was called. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce an internal traffic control plan (ITCP) specific to each construction site to help protect workers on foot; 2. Ensure backing protocols are in place and that designated individuals are assigned as signalers to direct backing vehicles on construction sites; 3. Ensure that communication exists among equipment operators and workers on foot; 4. Ensure work zones are properly illuminated; 5. Implement a buddy system for employees working on foot around mobile construction equipment; 6. Develop and enforce policies that prohibit non-employee passengers from riding within the cabs of construction vehicles and heavy equipment while being operated within construction sites / work zones; 7. Consider installing monitoring technology on construction vehicles and equipment to assist operators in detecting workers on foot within blind areas; and, 8. Ensure that all employees performing work on Massachusetts publically funded construction projects costing more than $10,000 have completed the OSHA 10 hour training.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-clothing; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warning-devices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Motor-vehicles; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction; Construction-industry; Road-construction
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MA028; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; B09282011
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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