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The dangers of road and bridge work: Your stories

Have you worked on a Mn/DOT project? Are you working on a road or bridge somewhere this summer?
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Have you worked on a Mn/DOT project? Are you working on a road or bridge somewhere this summer?

Behind a wall of windows at the State Transportation Building there sits a memorial to Minnesota Department of Transportation employees and contractors who have died on the job — 46 of them since 1960.

They died building highways, helping stranded motorists, working on survey crews and operating heavy machinery. I was looking for something else entirely when I came upon Mn/DOT's list of fallen workers (PDF) and it's hard to read something like that and just pass it up on the way to some other story. So here we are.

Have you worked on a Mn/DOT project? Are you working on a road or bridge somewhere this summer?

What is your first-hand story of injury or a close call on a transportation work site? What about site safety? Are your coworkers doing what the can? Your superiors? Mn/DOT itself?

If you're comfortable telling your story publicly, write it in the comments below and I'll take the best of what comes in and add it to this post.

Or you can tell me privately using the simple, secure form below.

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