Ira Henderson, an ODOT employee for only five months, was killed while he working on US 75 near Bartlesville, Wednesday, November 30.
“The thoughts and prayers of the OPEA and state employee family are with Mr. Henderson and his loved ones,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “Transportation workers have the most dangerous job in state government.”
ODOT has lost more workers on the job than any other state agency. Henderson is the 56th worker to be killed on the job in the agency’s 100 year history.
“As we go into the winter season, more ODOT workers will be out keeping the roads clear and repairing problems caused by cold weather,” said Zearley. “OPEA urges everyone to slow down in work zones and tell their friends and neighbors to do so, also. In addition, everyone should refrain from texting while operating a vehicle and pay close attention to their driving, especially in work zones and inclement weather.”