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Accident: 86877.015 - Two Employees At A Highway Construction Site Are Backed Over

Accident: 86877.015 -- Report ID: 0355116 -- Event Date: 07/12/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1163025.01507/12/2016B & S Contracting, Inc.
At 3:30 p.m. on July 12, 2016, Employees #1 and #2 were working for a firm that engaged in highway, street, and bridge construction. They were at a highway construction site in Augusta County, VA. Employee #1 relieved a flagger of his duties on the northbound lane of Route 11. Employee #2 was stationed approximately in the middle of the intersection of Route 11 and Route 340. He was there to spot or direct flaggers. Employee #2 was assisting Employee #1 in directing four flaggers. Employee #2 was stationed approximately 1.5 meters (5 feet) from a dump truck and was assisting Employee #1 with directing the flaggers. The dump truck was a 2008 International dump truck. Employee #1, who was in charge of the flaggers, crossed behind the dump truck in order to resume duties beside Employee #2. Two skid-steer loaders, such as Bobcats, were cleaning up a previous milling operation. The operators were taking their loads to the dump truck. The dump truck was stationed near the southbound lane of Route 11. One of the skid-steer loader operators finished dumping his load. As he turned to go get another load, he motioned the dump truck to back up. While the skid-steer loader operator proceeded north to continue cleaning up, the dump trucks driver backed up approximately 15.2 to 18.3 meters (50 to 60 feet). Both Employees #1 and #2 were stationed approximately 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the dump truck and between two lines of cones. They were run over as the truck backed up. It is not known if one of the Employees tripped over the 50-millimeter (2-inch) lip between the milling lane and the old asphalt and then stumbled into the other Employee. Employee #1's head and upper shoulders were backed over by the dump truck. Employee #2's upper body and waist area were backed over by dump truck. Both Employees died at the scene.
Keywords: skidder, backing up, construction, flagger, flagman, obstructed rear view, run over, motor vehicle, highway, head, equipment operator, dump truck, construction vehicle, torso, road paving, shoulder
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1163025.015 38 M Fatality Other Flagman
2 1163025.015 50 F Fatality Other Flagman

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