Spotlight on Road Work Safety

January 13, 2020
In Loving Memory of Brother Paul Germano

Utility workers work in dangerous conditions and put their lives at risk every day. No one knows this more personally than the family and loved ones of Brother Paul Germano of Dudley, Mass.

Paul died this past summer after he was hit by a car while working on a National Grid highway project on Route 9 in Spencer. At the time of the tragedy, Paul was marking underground piping for upcoming construction. He was only 50 years old, leaving behind his loving daughter, Taylor M. Germano and his granddaughter, Aviana Germano.

We’re grateful to Paul for his decades of service to his family, his community, and his union. The Local 369 Executive Board has approved a $500 annual scholarship to be offered in his memory. May he rest in peace.

The Importance of Road Work Safety

Brother Paul Germano was the third worker killed this year by a moving vehicle in Massachusetts. In 2018, there were 17 fatal transportation incidents, making it the leading cause of death from dangerous work.

These statistics tell us that more must be done to protect the men and women who risk their lives every day on dangerous worksites.

At the time of Paul’s accident, there was no work zone set up. There weren’t any cones, signs or police presence to alert motorists of the construction and to keep Paul safe. What’s worse, none of that is required by law. That’s why we’re calling for tougher road work regulations, and urge you to call the union if your worksite feels unsafe.