California Highway Workers Killed On The Job

by Staff Blogger | June 27th, 2011

June 27, 2011

California highway signs are passing along the message to beware of construction workers. Three on-the-job deaths have occurred in less than seven weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that more than 700 Caltrans programmable message boards are flashing a message to look out for workers, rather than the normal traffic warnings and drive times.

The accident occurred on an off-ramp of Interstate 15 in San Diego. The 52-year-old worker was picking up litter when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. All of the group’s maintenance workers were pulled off the job following the accident for a “Safety Stand Down,” which is a program designed to remind workers of safety procedures. Only workers on major construction projects, such as the Bay Bridge east span, were exempt.

Caltrans spokesman, Matt Rocco, says that safety training will continue for managers and supervisors and messages will continue to be displayed on signs to warn drivers of upcoming construction. He stated, “We’re all responsible for the safety of those workers. We want people to know that when they see them, they should slow down and move over.”

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