Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Report for Massachusetts: Municipal Crossing Guard Fatally Injured When Struck by a Motor Vehicle

On May 23, 2012, a 71-year-old female municipal crossing guard (victim) was fatally injured when she was struck by a motor vehicle while assisting school children in crossing a roadway at an unsignalized pedestrian crosswalk. The victim stepped into the roadway crosswalk and was then struck by a pickup truck. The pickup truck traveled a few feet after striking the victim before coming to a complete stop. Multiple people placed calls for emergency medical services (EMS). EMS and local police arrived within minutes and transported the victim to a local hospital where she died later that same day. Contributing factors identified in this investigation were that crosswalk markings were in poor condition and of the least visible type of marking and there were no traffic control devices present at the crosswalk location to warn motorists of the crosswalk location. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, municipalities should: (1) Develop a school route plan that meets the standards set forth in the national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD); (2) Consider additional measures, including installing signs and flashing lights, to ensure crosswalks are clearly visible to motorists; (3) Ensure that the design of equipment supplied to workers, such as stop paddles, does not prevent employees from using the equipment; (4) Provide and ensure that crossing guards are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, including American National Standard Institute (ANSI) compliant high-visibility safety apparel, when working along roadways; (5) Ensure that crossing guards are provided with initial training and annual refresher trainings; and (6) Provide work environments for employees that, at a minimum, meet all relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and industry accepted standards of practice per the Department of Labor Standards policy.

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    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Project
    250 Washington Street, 6th floor
    Boston, MA  United States  02108-4619

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    1095 Willowdale Road, Mail Stop 1808
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26505
  • Publication Date: 2013-1-8


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  • Pagination: 12p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01536079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FACE-12-MA-010-01
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2014 9:36AM