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Tuesday, 17 April 2007 00:54

Caltrans observes Workers Memorial Day

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slide31The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will observe Workers Memorial Day today, April 17, at 11 a.m. with a ceremony to remember the 166 highway maintenance workers and other Caltrans employees who lost their lives on the job since 1924.  There were zero employee deaths in Caltrans work zones in the past 12 months. This bucks a national trend of three road worker fatalities every five days nationally- in all cone zones. The ceremony will feature a memorial of 166 orange safety cones shaped into a 48-foot-wide caution sign to signify each fallen Caltrans worker.  A deceased worker’s name, imprinted on a black band, will be attached to each cone. The ceremony will be celebrated on the west steps of the State Capital
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