District 9 Workers Memorial
Since 1921, 185 California Department of Transportation employees have been killed on the job. One of the biggest hazards is from motorists who do not exercise caution while driving where highway workers are present.
Each year on statewide Worker Memorial Day, Caltrans honors these employees by placing their names on a memorial plaque in the lobby of the Caltrans Headquarters building in Sacramento.
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.
2016 Caltrans Statewide Workers Memorial Ceremony
In Memory of Our Fallen Workers
Caltrans District 9 held its 26th Annual Workers Memorial at 10 a.m., April 28, in the district office courtyard, honoring 185 employees who have lost their lives on the job since 1921. This solemn event honors the legacies of those who gave their lives to build, maintain and keep California’s transportation system safe, and unfortunately adds yet another Caltrans employee to those killed while on the job.
After two years without a Caltrans fatality, Oscar Vargas, 54, of Chula Vista, died from injuries received after losing control of his work truck while leaving a nighttime project along Interstate 8 in Imperial County on July 14, 2015. Vargas was a Structures Construction Transportation Civil Engineer and 29-year Caltrans veteran.
This observance also highlights safety awareness for employees in work zones, as well as the traveling public.
- 2016 Workers Memorial Press Release
- 2016 Workers Memorial Video (in production)
- 2016 Workers Memorial Photos
2016 Other Local Caltrans Workers Memorials
We hope that you will take time to attend one of the upcoming memorials being held throughout the state as we honor those lost while on the job:
See the list of Local Caltrans Workers Memorials for 2016...
- District 1: April 21, 10 a.m., District Office, 1656 Union Street, Eureka
- District 2: April 28, 10 a.m., Red Bluff Maintenance Station, 4000 Hess Road, Red Bluff
- District 3: May 4, 11 a.m., West Steps, State Capitol, Sacramento
- District 4: April 20, 10 a.m., Bay Bridge Maintenance Complex, 200 Burma Road, Oakland
- District 5: April 28, 10 a.m., District Office, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo
- District 6: May 11, 10:30 a.m., District Office, 1352 W. Olive Ave., Fresno
- District 6: May 13, 10:30 a.m., South Region Maintenance Office, Bakersfield
- District 7: May 10, 10 a.m., San Fernando Maintenance Yard, 11930 Blucher Street, Granada Hills
- District 8: May 3, 10 a.m., District Office, 464 W. Fourth Street, San Bernardino
- District 9: April 28, 10 a.m., District Office, 500 S. Main Street, Bishop
- District 10: April 27, 10 a.m., District Office 1976 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton
- District 11: April 27, 9 a.m., Brawley Maintenance Station, 200 South Palm Ave., Brawley
- District 11: May 10, 9 a.m., District Office, 4050 Taylor Street, San Diego
- District 12: May 4, 10 a.m., Batavia Maintenance Station, 1808 N. Batavia Street, Orange
Past Memorials Archives
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."
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.
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: 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: Tips to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. More...
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