One of the statistics from the data reviewed by the FAMES Committee was the high incidence of fatalities that occurred to Roadway Workers-In-Charge (RWIC) and Lone Workers.
For this report, RWICs are persons responsible for providing on-track safety for members of a work group. Lone workers are persons responsible for providing on-track safety for themselves while working alone. Both RWICs and Lone Workers must have a higher level of training and qualifications to determine and provide on-track safety; yet as a group, statistics indicate that RWICs and Lone Workers are at higher risk of fatality than any other roadway worker designation. In the study, 24 fatally injured roadway workers were RWICs or Lone Workers responsible for establishing on-track safety. This represents 26% of the 89 fatalities. In 17 of the 24 fatalities, the RWIC was responsible for providing on-track safety for a roadway work group. In the remaining 7 fatalities, the Lone Worker was responsible for determining and establishing their own on-track safety.