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A Worker is Run Over and Killed at a Carrollton, Texas, Construction Site

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Tunnel construction for Gautrain, from "M...

Tunnel construction for Gautrain, from “Mushroom Farm” shaft to Sandton ; Cement mixer truck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal construction accident occurred on Monday, March 6, 2017, in North Carrollton, Texas. In the Castle Hills development project at the corner of Old Denton Road and Windhaven Parkway, a heavy-equipment construction vehicle ran over a worker, killing him. Police said no criminal charges are expected to be filed in the case. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will conduct an immediate investigation, which is standard procedure in a workplace fatality.

Backover fatalities occur at an alarming rate. The following are figures in a report on backover fatalities that occurred in a recent five-year period:

  • Dump truck – 67 deaths
  • 18-wheeler – 40
  • Truck – 30
  • Forklift – 21
  • Garbage truck – 20
  • Pick-up truck – 16

OSHA has standards specifically designed to prevent backover incidents. In rare circumstances, OSHA requires that a vehicle have a spotter or a backup alarm when backing up a vehicle with an obstructed view to the rear. Generally, it is not required by OSHA that forklifts and other powered industrial trucks be equipped with backup alarms. Employers are prohibited, however, from removing existing warning devices such as backup alarms.

OSHA has the following rule within Safety and Health Regulations for Construction – Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operators, pertaining to a construction worksite:

  • A vehicle must be backed up only when an observer has signaled that it’s safe to do so.

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, with a large percentage of annual workplace fatalities and injuries. Employers have a duty to take special precautions to protect workers, particularly in all areas that have been identified as hazardous.

–Guest Contributor

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