Employee Struck by Motor Vehicle (KV 203)


What Happened?

At 10:30 p.m. on August 14th, 2018, an employee was loading a stranded motor vehicle on the highway onto the flat bed of a Tow Truck, when a passing motor vehicle side swiped the tow truck, hitting and pushing the operator along side of the truck and then into the guard rail system. The employee was killed upon impact at the scene.

Contributing Factors

There are no contributing factors.

What Can We Learn?


Time Pressure: The employee may have felt urgency that pushed him to make poor decisions, take short-cuts, or not follow the rules.

Overconfidence: Did the worker overestimate his knowledge, underestimate risks, and exaggerate their ability to control events?


The employee could have used a Questioning Attitude to question every aspect of what he was doing to ensure he was fully aware of the situation and consequences.

The employee could have used the proper Procedures to ensure the road was blocked off and cones were placed alerting those driving by.   

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?