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Oregon DOT Worker Killed on Duty

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

A fatal workplace accident claimed the life of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) worker on Tuesday, as reported by KATU News.

About the Oregon Worker Fatality

Reports say that Donald Kendall, 54 of Ukiah, Ore. was killed on Tuesday afternoon while working with a crew performing a chip seal paving project. The crew was working on Highway 320, south of Interstate 84 outside of Echo, Ore. Oregon State Police was alerted to the fatal accident at about 1:15 p.m.

The details of the accident have not been made public at this time.

According to a spokesman for ODOT, Kendall was a 30-year employee and often worked as a snow plow driver to free drivers who had become stuck.

Oregon Fatal Workplace Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Oregon Health & Science University:

Based on Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) records, there were 47 workers killed at work in 2012, representing a fatality rate of 2.6 fatalities per 100,000 Oregon workers. Most commonly, fatalities occurred in the construction and transportation industy.


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