Caltrans Workers Memorial & Worker Safety

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Caltrans' Annual Workers Memorial

Caltrans' Annual Workers Memorial is a time to remember those who lost their lives while building, maintaining, and operating California’s world-class transportation system.

2017 Caltrans Statewide Workers Memorial Ceremony
Remembering Our Fallen Workers

If you were unable to join us in person, you are invited to view the on demand video of the ceremony. * (for viewing in Google Chrome, see below)

2017 Workers Memorial Poster
click for full-sized 2017 poster
24" W x 36" H / 3192 px. W x 4788 px. H

This ceremony was held in coordination with Caltrans Safety Awareness Week.

The Workers Memorial is a time to remember those who lost their lives building, maintaining, and operating California’s world-class transportation system. This year, we will be paying special tribute to Jorge Lopez, Randy Whisenhunt and Annette Brooks, who all lost their lives since last year’s memorial. Mr. Lopez was an electrician who was struck and killed on Sept. 1, 2016, by an errant big rig that crossed onto the shoulder while he was standing outside of his vehicle on SR-14 in Acton. Whisenhunt was an electrician from the Escondido Yard, who passed away on Oct. 9, 2016, as a result of injuries suffered on the job. Brooks was a Structural Steel Painter Supervisor and was shot and killed at a Caltrans facility in Rio Dell on April 24. This observance also highlights safety awareness for employees in work zones, as well as the motoring public.

Past Memorials Archives

Worker Safety

Caltrans is committed to providing safe and efficient work zones, both for the traveling public and employees working on the state highway system. The Mission, Vision, and Goals, for the Department place safety highest among its commitments.

"Every day, thousands of highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work and serving the public... Californians can help keep our highways safe by slowing down in the ‘work zone’ and complying with the Move Over law."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

The Department's safety goal is to achieve the best safety record in the nation. Help us accomplish this goal by learning more about Worker and Work Zone safety below.

CA Move Over law   

California's Move Over law: “Slow or Move Over for Workers, It’s the Law.” When you see amber flashing ights, move over to protect highway workers. More...

BE Work Zone Alert   

Be Work Zone Alert: The children of Caltrans highway workers remind drivers to "stay alert, our parents are at work" and keep our workers safe. More...

Slow for the Cone Zone   

Slow for the Cone Zone: Tips to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. More...

Statewide Alerts and Other Information

Be Work Zone Alert Video

Contact Information

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
MS 49
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:

Phone: (916) 657-5060
Fax: (916) 654-4358
Media Line: (916) 657-5060

Public Information Contacts

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