Prevention of Backing Fatalities in Construction Work Zones

Construction, repair and maintenance work zones are always hazardous environments especially because of the dangerous combinations of pedestrian workers and large trucks, bulldozers, rollers and other moving machinery. Between 70 and 80 pedestrian construction workers are struck or killed each by construction vehicles within a work zone. From 1995 to 2002, 844 worker deaths occurred in roadway work zones, i.e. over 100 deaths annually. 91% of these deaths were related to motor vehicle traffic or construction equipment, or both. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) named run-overs and back-overs as the leading cause of death for roadway construction workers, with over half occurring when workers were struck by construction vehicles or equipment inside the work zone. This study will seek to review current practices and procedures to prevent backing fatalities, identify and analyze appropriate responses, and test commercially available systems for prevention of backing fatalities, and provide worker training modules. This study will propose recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) traffic control practices, incorporating commercially available systems for prevention of backing fatalities.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Flickinger, Connie

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Tyler

    ADM 336C
    Tyler, TX  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fan, Wei

  • Start Date: 20110901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29979

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568923
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6703
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:02AM