Three Caltrans Workers killed on the Job during the last 48 days

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(Best Syndication News) - Three Caltrans workers have been killed while working on the job within the last 48 days.

The latest Caltrans worker to die on the job was 52-year old Richard Gonzalez. He was killed shortly after 9 a.m. today after being hit by a vehicle traveling on the north 15-freeway connector ramp for the eastbound State Route 94 located in San Diego.

The first of the three Caltrans workers was killed on May 4, 2011; a trolley traveling in National City, located near San Diego, hit Stephen Palmer, Sr. The second worker killed in the past 48 days happened in Imperial County on June 7, 2011, when a wayward vehicle killed Jaime Obeso while he was working on Interstate 8.

Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a statement that motorist must be careful to slow down for highway workers and if possible, to move over a lane when driving past work crews.

According to Caltrans, road construction and maintenance jobs are one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. Working on roads for a living poses a seven-time increased risk of death than the average job in America. Since the 1920’s, there have been 178 Caltrans workers who have died while working on the job.

BY: N Wilson

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