The Minnesota Department of Transportation will commemorate Workers Memorial Day with several events throughout the state April 26- 30, honoring the fallen workers who died while working on MnDOT construction and maintenance projects.
“The passing of these workers is a tragic reminder of the dangers men and women face while keeping Minnesota’s roads safe for the driving public,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. “It is important that we honor all workers who lost their lives on-the-job by using extra caution in work zones.”
Commemorative events include:
Thursday, April 26 – noon-12:30 p.m., MnDOT Mankato Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Dr. Workers will hold an informal gathering with brief remarks and remembrances.
MnDOT will also hold a fundraiser for Brad Bruegger, a MnDOT snowplow driver recovering from injuries sustained in a collision with a train in January 2012. The event, which is open to the community, will take place Thursday, April 26, from 4:30-7 p.m. at Hooligans, Madison East Center in Mankato.
Friday, April 27 – 9-10 a.m., Golden Valley Truck Station, 2055 N. Lilac Dr.
Sorel and Duane Hendricks, Executive Vice President of Egan Company, will speak. Two employees of Egan Company, under contract with MnDOT, were struck and killed by a vehicle in a workzone in Eagan in October 2011. Representatives from the Minnesota State Patrol and local unions also will participate in the commemoration.
Monday, April 30 – 8:30-10 a.m., Rochester Truck Station, 2900 48th St. NW
Sorel will join Nelrae Succio, District Engineer in southeastern Minnesota, in a short ceremony. Representatives from the Minnesota State Patrol, local unions and elected officials also will participate in the commemoration.
MnDOT reminds motorists that the vast majority of work zone deaths and injuries are suffered by motorists.
Since 1960, 33 MnDOT employees and 15 private sector contractors have lost their lives on the job while working on our highways.
MnDOT continues to work closely with other agencies as part of the Toward Zero Deaths initiative to reduce serious crashes through the integrated use of education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services.
MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
• Stay alert
• Watch for signs, equipment and workers
• Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
• Avoid tailgating
• Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
• Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone
April 23-27 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. For more information on work zone safety, visitwww.mndot.gov/workzone.