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Accident: 170070437 - Employee Killed By Vehicle While Working In Median Strip

Accident: 170070437 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 04/08/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10436330404/12/19915141Weis Markets, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10436328804/10/19910782Poole Landscaping, Inc
Employee #1 was applying a weed control chemical underneath tall, full bushes in the median of a highway. The driver of a van fell asleep at the wheel and crossed 3 lanes of traffic into the median strip. The driver awoke as the van struck the bushes, but did not have time to stop or see Employee #1 before striking him. Employee #1, who had an orange traffic vest tied around his waist, was killed. Warning signs on the highway were an arrow board with 4 corner lights, a "Landscaping Next 8 Miles" sign, and a "Shoulder Work Ahead" sign. Possible preventive measures would be the use of fixed or portable rumble strips on the highway surface, or raised, reflectorized lane markers.
Keywords: vehicle, highway shoulder, fell asleep, highway, traffic accident, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104363304 Non Hospitalized injury Other Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics
2 104363288 Fatality Other Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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