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.

2016 Caltrans Statewide Workers Memorial Ceremony

In Memory of Our Fallen Workers

Workers Memorial Graphic
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Caltrans held its 26th Annual Workers Memorial at 11 a.m., May 4, on the west steps of the state Capitol, honoring 184 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 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

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

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