Avoiding Fatalities: Inspector Run Over by an Asphalt Truck

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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 – California FACE Investigation 00CA005). The video follows the course of the accident and subsequent fatality, and provides recommendations designed to control or eliminate the identified risk.


A 36 year-old male construction inspector for the county died when an asphalt dump truck backed over him. The truck was bringing hot asphalt to a new road being constructed in a new housing project. The decedent was wearing an orange reflective vest and hardhat at the time of the incident. The asphalt dump truck was greater than 2.5 ton capacity and the back-up alarm was operational and functioning properly. The truck traveled approximately 770 feet in reverse before backing over the decedent. The decedent had his back to the vehicle. The truck driver stated he was traveling approximately 5 to 10 miles per hour when the incident occurred and that he never saw the decedent. Emergency medical personnel responded within seven minutes of being called and pronounced him dead at the scene.


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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