LOUISVILLE WATER COMPANY SETTLES FOR 1.1 MILLION FOR MOTORIST INJURY IN UTILITY WORK ZONE

An accident which occurred while repairing a water line in Louisville, Kentucky is described, and Kentucky statutes regarding traffic control at such sites, and the use of the Manual on Uniform Trafffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways are noted. It is noted that the Louisville Water Company employees broke all the rules for traffic control when they were repairing the excavation, and that utility companies consistently create the most dangerus work zones on streets and highways. The case described here illustrates fundamental issues related to this problem: ignorance of state law requiring the use of the MUTCD; failure to comply with federal and state laws and regulations; failure to establish company policies relating to traffic control; failure to establish training programs for employees; reliance on the judgment of individual workers; failure to establish policies for planning such work; failure to provide safety equipment, and failure to establish an oversight system.

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    TranSafety Incorporated

    P.O. Box 10735
    Burke, VA  United States  22009
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, R W G
  • Publication Date: 1991-10

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  • Pagination: p. 1-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616615
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1992 12:00AM