District Council 57

Local 10 Mourns the Loss of Member Killed in Accident While Working on Road

We are in mourning for our brother, AFSCME Local 10 member Russell Scott Atchinson, who was killed in June while on the job in Stanilslaus County.

Atchinson, 58, of Modesto was a public works employee, and he was inspecting a survey monument in the middle of a newly paved part of a road on the Oakdale-Waterford Highway when he was struck by a pickup truck, according to the Modesto Bee.

The Modesto Bee reported that the tragic accident has spawned three investigations into the cause of the incident and workplace safety. Atchinson’s death also has had an emotional impact on fellow Local 10 members who are public works employees for the county because they risk their lives working on roads every day.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of our fellow AFSCME Local 10 member,” Local 10 stated in their recent newsletter. “Please keep his family in your thoughts during this most difficult time.”

Atchinson, known as “Scotty,” was a senior engineering and survey technician, and he had been working for Stanislaus County Public Works since December 2011. He often traveled to work on two wheels, either on a motorcycle or bicycle, according to the Modesto Bee.

All of us at Council 57 are saddened by the loss of our brother. In honor of Scotty and all of our brothers and sisters who have suffered and died on the job, we will continue the fight for safe jobs.

To read more about Scotty, visit the Modesto Bee.

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