Washington State Department of Labor narrative of a fatal accident when a passing car struck a member of an underground utility crew.
|Industry: Utility installation
|Release Date: January 9, 2003
|Occupation: Construction foreman
|Case No.: 02WA03401
|Task: Installing natural gas line connection in roadway trench
|SHARP Report No.: 71-6-2003
|Type of Incident: Struck by motor vehicle
On June 10, 2002,
a construction foreman was struck and killed by a pickup truck while
exiting an approximately 2 1/2 foot deep trench in a roadway work zone
where he had been installing a natural gas line connection. The 49-year-old
member of the Plumber and Pipefitter's Union had been working with two
others in the roadway. The work zone was on a busy city street and had
warning signs and cones. The crew foreman was exiting the shallow trench
in the roadway when a pickup truck plowed through the work zone striking
him from behind and then struck another worker. The foreman died a short
while later in a hospital. The other worker was hospitalized with head
and facial injuries.
(! Indicates items required by law)
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requirements for temporary
traffic control for specific roadway work zone site.
- Place temporary
engineering controls such as Jersey barriers, water filled barrels,
a truck with a rear-mounted impact attenuater, material piles, or
construction vehicles between traffic lanes and work zone workers
to supplement administrative controls (signs).
- Consider road
closure when possible.
! Employer must make an assessment of potential work site safety hazards, as required by the regulation, before starting work, and mitigate accordingly.
! On-site flaggers and traffic control supervisors are required to have training in the control of traffic. We recommend that project managers also receive this training.
- Workers should have a communication plan and an emergency exit strategy in the event an errant vehicle enters the work zone