[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Highway Worker Deaths Prompt Warning from Caltrans, CHP (Video) | 08-22-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
87°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 19
1879 - Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri [story]


[Caltrans] – Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and construction industry contractors are calling on all Californians for their help in the ongoing effort to make highway work zones safer for workers by moving over one lane, if it’s safe to do so, or slowing down when passing a maintenance or construction crew or emergency personnel stopped on the side of the freeway.

In July alone, six motorists and contracted workers were killed – including three by drunk drivers – and multiple others injured in highway work zones.

“Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These tragic incidents are sobering reminders that motorists must never drink and drive, and we all must do everything we can to keep our highways safe.”

“Highway workers and emergency personnel risk their lives every day while helping to make our roads safer,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We will continue to work with Caltrans to make highway work zones as safe as possible. However, even with appropriate safety precautions, we need the public’s help to exercise common sense when driving and to refrain from driving impaired, speeding and other distracting behaviors that can lead to driver error.”

Caltrans meets regularly with contractors to discuss mutual safety concerns to make work zones safer, and Caltrans and the CHP work together to test the effectiveness of having multiple CHP vehicles in construction zones to monitor driver safety and enforce the speed limit and the Move Over Law. When feasible, Caltrans allows an extra buffer lane between workers and vehicles in specific construction zones, so that workers previously separated only by orange cones have more space between themselves and oncoming vehicles.

“Over 700,000 men and women make their living in California’s construction industry. Their livelihoods should never be a life or death proposition,” said Tom Holsman, chief executive officer for the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC). “AGC has always been a strong and proud partner with public agencies as they deliver the much needed transportation projects the public demands. We need, more than ever, to work with our partners and have an informed traveling public to keep drunk drivers off our highways and out of work zones,” Holsman added.

“The Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) is a strong partner with Caltrans in its efforts to improve worker protection on our job sites,” said Paul Von Berg, SCCA interim executive vice president and a 45-year veteran of highway construction work. “Our view is best expressed by one of our members, Mike Powell, president of Powell Constructors Inc., who recently wrote: ‘Our workers spend their days and many nights working adjacent to some of the busiest and most congested highways in the world. Every day there is an imminent threat of an incident or accident in both our permanent and temporary lane closures. While dealing with reduced working hours and a significant increase in the amount of work being performed in extended closure windows, we strive every day to train, remind and implement safe traffic control practices to minimize our exposure to the dynamic environment of the highway system and its users.’”

Among those killed include:

Regan Johnson, a 24-year-old Caltrans contractor’s employee, was killed July 11 by a suspected drunk driver while working on Highway 99 in Fresno.

A motorcyclist died on July 18 when he clipped a “road closed” sign near a work zone on Highway 49 in Tuolumne County, causing him to veer off the highway directly into a telephone pole.

Two contract workers, 56-year-old Ramon Lopez and 58-year-old Ricardo Zamora, died July 22 when they were both struck by the same vehicle following a collision between two suspected drunk drivers in separate vehicles in a highway work zone on Interstate 405 in Torrance.

A minivan struck a contractor’s truck as it was picking up cones in a construction zone on Interstate 10 in El Monte on July 24, killing the van’s driver and his dog. Both of the Caltrans contract workers in the truck were injured.

A truck driver failed to slow down in a construction zone on Highway 99 in Bakersfield on July 25 and was killed after colliding with a dump truck.

In Redding, Caltrans tested temporary rumble strips in the areas leading up to work zones, and the results are encouraging: 46 percent of traffic slowed down. The tests are now expanding statewide.

Highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Since the 1920s, 178 Caltrans employees have died while on the job.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    SCV NewsBreak
    Loading...
    Related Content
    LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
    Friday, Aug 18, 2017
    Deputies Break Window, Rescue Dogs Locked in Car
    Alerted by a concerned citizen Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies once again rescued dogs the owner left in a car with the windows rolled up and no water.
    Friday, Aug 18, 2017
    Environmental Groups File Complaint Against Newhall Ranch Water Plan
    Two local environmental groups filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court Thursday regarding the approved plan to provide water to the Newhall Ranch development, set to break ground in 2018.
    Friday, Aug 18, 2017
    SCV Sheriff’s Station Student Worker, LASD Dad Top Mt. Whitney
    Ashley Olivier, a student worker at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, summited Mt. Whitney with her dad, a lieutenant at LASD's Monterey Park station.
    Keep Up With Our Facebook

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1879 - Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri [story]
    Alerted by a concerned citizen Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies once again rescued dogs the owner left in a car with the windows rolled up and no water.
    Deputies Break Window, Rescue Dogs Locked in Car
    40 oz. to Freedom arrives in Santa Clarita as part of its anniversary tour at Concerts in the Park at Central Park on Saturday, August 19, with showtime at 7 p.m.
    August 19: 40 Oz. to Freedom Rocks Central Park
    Two local environmental groups filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court Thursday regarding the approved plan to provide water to the Newhall Ranch development, set to break ground in 2018.
    Environmental Groups File Complaint Against Newhall Ranch Water Plan
    County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has provided $143,000 in funding to extend the season of youth and adult swim programs offered at the Castaic Aquatic Center through October 31.
    Castaic Aquatic Center Programs Extended to October 31
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Los Angeles County firefighters and government leaders welcomed back the Super Scoopers Friday morning. Plus, the Old Town Newhall Library helped get the community ready for it as well by handing out free eclipse viewing glasses. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Friday, August 18, 2017
    CalArts alumna Audrey Chan (Art MFA 07) will host a free, all-ages interactive arts workshop in Little Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, as part of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s 2017 Nisei Week activities.
    August 19-20: Nisei Week Arts Workshop with CalArts Alum Audrey Chan
    Western singer and songwriter John Zipperer headlines the next episode of "SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series" at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall the evening of Friday, August 25.
    August 25: John Zipperer Toplines ‘SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series’
    Habitat for Humanity SFV/SCV is honored to have received a $25,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, which will fund trauma workshops.
    Habitat for Humanity Receives $25K Grant from Disabled Veterans
    Here are agenda highlights for the next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, set for Tuesday, August 22, starting at 9:30 a.m..
    August 22: Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda
    Ashley Olivier, a student worker at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, summited Mt. Whitney with her dad, a lieutenant at LASD's Monterey Park station.
    SCV Sheriff’s Station Student Worker, LASD Dad Top Mt. Whitney
    Looking to enter the win column for the first time in 2017 on day two of the Summer Slam volleyball tournament, the TMU Mustangs squared off against 11th-ranked Eastern Oregon but lost in straight sets.
    Mountaineers Spike Mustangs at Summer Slam
    Caltrans has released "Rail and the California Economy," a research report investigating how the state’s vast passenger and freight rail system contribute to California’s economy, as well as an overview of opportunities for rail to address the state’s needs and challenges in the future.
    New Report Details Rail Role in State Economy
    The Master’s University women’s soccer team soared to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Eagles from Sierra Nevada College Thursday.
    Lady Mustangs Soccer Win Opener 7-0
    The Master’s University women's volleyball team concluded their first day of HIU Summer Slam tournament play with a five-set thriller against the Southern Oregon University Raiders on Wednesday evening, dropping the fifth set 15-9.
    Lady Mustangs Fall in 5 to Raiders at HIU
    A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against claims by a state workers’ union that California’s pension system unfairly changed the terms of a pre-existing collective bargaining agreement.
    Court Upholds Increase in CalPERS Retirement Age
    Friday's alert from the South Coast Air Quality Management District that air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley has been extended through Saturday.
    Updated: SCV Air Quality Unhealthy Saturday
    Four annual crime reports, which provide law enforcement agencies and the public with statewide data on crime statistics, were released Friday by California's Attorney General.
    AG Releases 4 California Crime Reports for 2016
    The Master’s University women’s volleyball team lost their 2017 season opener Wednesday at the HIU Summer Slam in straight sets against the Warriors from national powerhouse Corban University (OR).
    Warriors Drop TMU Lady Mustangs in Straight Sets
    Here's the Castaic/Val Verde (Zone 2) Crime Information and Public Safety Report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for the week of August 7 to August 13.
    Crime Blotter: Assault, Theft in Castaic-Val Verde
    Two Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station employees will be recognized at the City Council meeting to be held on August 22 at 6 p.m.
    City Council to Honor 2 SCV Sheriff’s Station Employees
    The Santa Clarita Public Library invites residents to celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 with two free events at the Old Town Newhall Library.
    August 18 & 21: Solar Eclipse Events at Newhall Library
    The city of Santa Clarita’s Youth Sports program has seen measured success thus far in 2017.
    Santa Clarita Youth Sports Sees Spike in Participation
    The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s new building campaign now only has $1.3 million remaining to raise before groundbreaking on the site can begin.
    New SCV Senior Center Needs $1.3M to Break Ground
    Sacramento County sued the California Department of Water Resources on Thursday over DWR's certification of the California 'WaterFix' delta tunnels project’s “dizzying” and “shifting” environmental review.
    Sacramento County Sues to Freeze California ‘WaterFix’
    1946 - Pioneering Placerita Canyon movie producer Trem Carr dies in San Diego [story]
    ' style=
    The storewide remodel of the Walmart Supercenter at 26471 Carl Boyer Drive is complete and, in addition to the many physical changes inside, Santa Clarita residents now have access to Online Grocery Pickup.
    Walmart on Carl Boyer Drive Celebrates Grand Reopening Friday
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, two people have been hospitalized after a major collision. Plus, an acquisition of land near the 14. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday August 17, 2017
    Le Chene French Cuisine, a long-time Santa Clarita local favorite restaurant along Sierra Highway, has announced that they will be hosting a thrilling Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.
    Nov. 4: Le Chene Murder Mystery Dinner
    Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, today announces that he is one of the 2017 inductees into the Antelope Valley High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
    Sept. 22: Wilk to be Inducted into AV High School Hall of Fame
    Signups are under way for the Santa Clarita Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which offers participants an opportunity to take a healthy stroll, experience outstanding live entertainment, honor loved ones who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and raise funds to battle the debilitating disease.
    Oct. 7: Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Signups Under Way
    Trammell Crow Company (TCC) andand Clarion Partners are pleased to announce the acquisition of 54 acres of land for the development of The Center at Needham Ranch, a state-of-the-art business park in the city of Santa Clarita, CA.
    TCC, Clarion Partners Acquire More Than 50 Acres of SCV Real Estate
    The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is hosting what will be a highly educational and informative (and free) Tax Seminar for Nonprofits and Exempt Organizations.
    Sept. 6: Tax Seminar for Non-Profits and Exempt Organizations
    For the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will pass over the continental United States on August 21, and Princess Cruises guests sailing on six cruise ships in Alaska will be invited to special viewing parties as part of the cruise line’s exclusive Stargazing with Discovery at Sea program.
    Princess Cruises to Host On-Board Viewing Parties for Solar Eclipse