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Accident: 106103.015 - Highway Workers Struck And Killed In Work Zone

Accident: 106103.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 05/31/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1319842.01506/01/2018Ccl Contracting, Inc
At 8:48 p.m. on May 31, 2018, two employees were working for a contracting firm. The employees were working for a firm that constructed industrial buildings and other projects. Employees #1 and #2 were working at on a night road construction project. The work consisted of excavation and pipe installation in three roadways for a project being conducted for the Water District. The two employees superintendent was in a trailer at the project site. Employees #1 and #2 left the trailer yard at the project site to set up traffic control prior to the overnight work. They left the yard at approximately 8:40 p.m. and traveled westbound to their stopping point. They stopped in the road's bike lane approximately 0.40 km (0.25 miles) east of an intersection. They were in the firm's Chevrolet Silverado. They were towing an arrow board for traffic control. In accordance with engineered traffic plans, and to be in compliance with 8CCR 1598 and the CA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, four signs had been placed in the bike lane and right shoulder every 152 meters (500 feet) behind the incident location. In order of approach, the signs stated: 1. Road Work Ahead; 2. Right Lane Closed; 3. 40 MPH [or 64 kph, down from a regular speed of 89 kph (55 mph)]; and 4. Merge. The arrow board was the fifth form of traffic control in the sequence encountered by a driver traveling westbound on the road. The vehicle was fully within the bike lane. Employees #1 and #2 exited the vehicle to unhitch the arrow board from the vehicle. The arrow board was also fully within the bike lane. The employees had to unhitch the arrow board. Employee #1 was located between the back of the vehicle and the arrow board on the driver side of the Silverado. Employee #2 was near the rear of the vehicle on the passenger side. At approximately 8:50 p.m., Employees #1 and 2 were struck by a private vehicle. They sustained fatal injuries. They died at the scene of blunt trauma to multiple body parts. They were declared dead onsite and transported to the Orange County Coroner's Office. The Orange County Police Department estimated that the vehicle was traveling at approximately 97 kph (60 mph) when the employees were struck.
Keywords: struck by, alcohol, construction, flagman, highway, flagger, automobile, traffic control, traffic accident
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline Maintenance or repair   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1319842.015 50 M Fatality Other Construction laborers
2 1319842.015 35 M Fatality Other Construction laborers

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