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‘We all want to come home at the end of the day’: Okanagan flaggers rally for safety

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Flaggers rally in Vernon – Nov 27, 2017

Nearly 100 traffic control flaggers, road workers, service workers and emergency personnel rallied on Highway 97 in Vernon on Saturday to promote safety on the job.

A female flagger from Enderby was struck by a car on Nov. 17 in Lavington, B.C.

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“She’s still in the hospital, fighting,” said Michelle Hudson, one of the organizers of the event.

Hudson says sometimes, motorists are in too much of a hurry to pay attention to the safety of people on the road, but often, drivers are distracted.

“When I’m standing on the side of the road, I see people texting when they drive by, or on their phones or feeding the baby in the back,” Hudson said.

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According to WorkSafe BC, in the past 10 years, 15 roadside workers have been killed and 229 have been injured on the job.

Most of the casualties have been flaggers.

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