A Construction Surveyor is Run Over by a Motor Grader That was Backing UpAbstract:
A 32-year-old construction surveyor died when backed over by a motor grader. The victim was doing a grade check at the time of the incident. The grader operator was looking at the grade as he was backing. The back up warning device was working properly. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should:
Ensure the present language in the company policy on working in close proximity to moving heavy equipment is adequate and applicable to all known situations and hazards.
Ensure employees are adequately trained and that workers’ achievement of skills is verified through a testing program.
Consider using additional safety devices for heavy equipment to warn workers of a backing vehicle and to warn drivers when someone is in their blind spot.
Consider installing equipment on graders that would incorporate the use of a laser, GPS, or sonic guided grading system.