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MnDOT observes Worker Memorial Day

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Their work makes our roads safer, protecting the lives of motorists. But the job of creating or repairing highways can be a deadly one.

Monday is Worker Memorial Day in Minnesota. And as the summer road construction season nears, MnDOT is reminding us of the dangers construction workers put themselves in every day.

A crowd gathered at MnDOT District 6 headquarters Monday to memorialize the friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members that have lost their lives or been injured through work-related incidents.

Six empty chairs sat at the front of the room for the District 6 employees that lost their lives working on Minnesota highways.

The goal of Workers Memorial Day is to draw attention to dangers in the workplace and encourage employers and employees to work together to make workplaces safer.

MnDOT also says this is a great time to remind motorists what they can do to help. They say drivers should stay alert, minimize distractions, avoid tailgating, follow posted speed limits, and stay in one lane in work zones.

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