Friday, May 18, 2012

CALTRANS REMEMBERS THE FALLEN, URGES SAFETY AT WORKERS’ MEMORIAL EVENT


Today's Date:  May 17, 2012       
District 7: Los Angeles & Ventura Counties      
Contact:  Patrick Chandler                                               
Phone:  213-897-3630                  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS REMEMBERS THE FALLEN, URGES SAFETY AT WORKERS’ MEMORIAL EVENT

LOS ANGELES –California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) employees and guests took a moment out of their day to recognize and remember District 7 workers killed on the job at a Worker’s Memorial event today.

The 32 workers recognized were from Caltrans District 7, covering Los Angeles and Ventura counties.  Statewide, Caltrans has lost 178 employees since 1924, when the Department began keeping records of such fatalities. 

“This is always a sad occasion and one we all wish was unnecessary.  Though I am glad to say that no District 7 employees were killed in the line-of-duty in the past seven years, we mourn the loss of three workers in San Diego last year,” said District 7 Michael Miles.

“This work is not easy; it takes a lot of responsibility and grit,” Miles said. “Even with all the safety precautions we take, the danger is still very real.”

The ceremony is held both in memory of the fallen and also to bring awareness to the severity of this safety issue. This includes contractors in construction zones.
  
Every year more than 1,000 people nationwide die in highway work zone crashes and more than 40,000 people are injured.  As a result of these dangers, fines for speeding in work zones have increased to $1,000 or more. 

“As long as there are motorists who are complacent, inattentive, impaired, and reckless, all motorists and highway workers will continue to be at risk,” Miles added. “It’s up to each and every motorist to end the vicious and dangerous cycle, and Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over when they see flashing lights.”

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