WSDOT holds memorial for fallen construction workers in the state

WSDOT holds memorial for fallen construction workers in the state
The Worker Memorial in Olympia. // Photo Courtesy of WSDOT.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports sixty workers have died since 1950 while on the job. The department honored the fallen workers with a Worker Memorial in Olympia, Washington on Thursday.

The memorial is shown annually, using 60 orange traffic cones, 60 white helmets, and 60 white roses that are each dedicated to a person who has died since 1950. The department hopes to bring awareness to the dangers construction workers face on a daily basis.

WSDOT cites distracted driving, following too close, and speeding as the top three causes for work zone crashes.

It reported 96 percent of the people injured in work zone crashes are motorists and their passengers, and pedestrians.

WSDOT is dedicating the month of April to raising awareness about work zone safety in the state.