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Accident: 200925311 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Track Maintenance Equipment

Accident: 200925311 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 08/09/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31362099908/10/20094111Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
At approximately 9:50 p.m. on August 9, 2009, Employee #1, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) track maintenance worker, was involved in night work operations on the Orange Line track near the Dunn Loring and Vienna Stations. Employee #1 was struck and killed by a Ballest Regulator, a type of track roadway maintenance equipment, manufactured by Knox Kershaw, Inc. A "T012" Plasser American Corporation Tamper unit (Model Number 08-32; Serial Number 3150; manufactured in 2000) was attached to and trailing the Ballast Regulator. The Ballast Regulator operator and a spotter/trainee did not apparently see Employee #1. The work area was illuminated by vehicle mounted lamps and ambient lighting from vehicular traffic on Route 66, adjacent to the work area.
Keywords: maintenance, vehicle, equipment operator, lighting, struck by, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313620999 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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