Husband of Late Marietta Mayor Killed While On The Job
Marietta residents are saddened to learn that Robert Frank Meaders, the husband of the late Marietta Mayor Ansley Meaders, died after being hit by a motorist on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Mr. Meaders was 71 years old. He was working as an engineer and was hit while he was in the street. This accident is a terrible reminder of the dangers workers who work in and around moving vehicles face.
The Marietta Online Journal reported that a blue 2011 Toyota Rav 4 operated by a 61-year-old woman struck Mr. Meaders. The initial report of the accident indicated that the it occurred in or near the intersection of New Salem Road and Kirk Lane in Kennesaw. The crash happened just before 9:00 a.m..
The accident is still under investigation by law enforcement officers from the Cobb County Department of Public Safety. They asked that people who may have witnessed something relating to the accident to come forward with information. No criminal charges have been filed against the driver who struck Mr. Meaders. The news report indicated that no charges were expected at this time. Not much is known about the crash other than Mr. Meaders was working at the time he was hit. He was doing some surveying work in the road. Mr. Meaders was a land surveyor by trade and was the president of the R.F.M. Consulting and Surveying.
Land surveyors may find themselves in harm's way from time to time. They work very closely with construction contractors who are building roads or other structures. Land surveyors occasionally perform work around new building such as subdivision construction or other public works projects like school construction. They are always in and around potentially dangerous areas even if they are not necessarily handling the most dangerous tools and equipment or performing the most hazardous tasks. Therefore, land surveyors must be mindful of the environment in which they are working and take the necessary safety precautions to prevent serious injury or death.
Surveyors sometimes work on the side of the main thoroughfares, state highways, and Interstates. Traffic can move swiftly past them as they are focusing on their measurements. Therefore, practicing job site safety is of paramount importance. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, surveyors must not enter lanes of traffic without first closing the lane in which the plan to work. They must begin by obtaining approval for lane closures.
Land surveyors working with the Georgia Department of Transporation must have weekly safety meetings to discuss all safety concerns. However, workers are encouraged to stop work immediately if they observe an unsafe working condition or practice. Surveyors and other workers should not wait for the weekly safety meeting to address matters that could potentially endanger someone.
Georgia Department of Transportation's safety policy requires surveyors and other workers to wear highly visible gear and outerwear while on the job site. The safety vest must be approved for use alongside U.S. interstates and highways, public roads, and state roads. Surveyors must also place signs one-tenth of a mile before the worksite warning approaching motorists that surveyors are present. The sign must be orange with black lettering and be no smaller than 3 feet by 3 feet in dimension. Lastly, surveyors and all others working in or near the road must wear a helmet or other approved gear.
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