Avoiding Fatalities: Flagger Fatally Injured When Struck by a Car at a Highway Work Zone in Washington State

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Summary Statement

This animated video was based on a NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) accident report (specifically, taken from FACE summary – Washington Case Report 00WA011). The video follows the course of the accident and subsequent fatality, and provides recommendations designed to control or eliminate the identified risk.


On February 22, 2000, a 42 year old male maintenance technician, who was performing the duties of a traffic control flagger, died when he was struck by a car at a highway work zone. The flagger (the fatal victim), was working with a state maintenance team to install a new roadside information sign along a major two lane state highway. The driver of a small passenger vehicle may have been distracted, or was confused as she entered the work zone. The driver was not able to comprehend the flagger’s instructions and drove her vehicle straight at the victim. The vehicle struck the victim traveling at a reported speed of between 50 and 60 MPH. On impact, the victim struck the hood and windshield of the car, and then was thrown over the top of the vehicle before hitting the asphalt pavement along the highway. A witness who saw the incident immediately called 911 for emergency assistance. Emergency personnel treated the victim on site. He died from his injuries during transport to a local medical facility.


The video was created by ARTBA as a part of the FHWA Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-11-H-00029 and the OSHA Cooperative Agreement SH-24861-13-60-F-11. More FACE reports can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/.
April 2, 2015

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