2014 Caltrans Workers Memorial
Since 1921, 187 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.
May 1, 2014
At its 24th Annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol, Caltrans honored 183 employees who have lost their lives on the job. The solemn event came about one year after two Caltrans employees were killed by a rockslide while working to protect the traveling public.
Shawn Baker, 50, of Weed, and Joseph “Robert” Jones, 40, of Montague, died in April 2013 while working on a rock scaling operation to stabilize a hillside on State Route 96, west of Yreka. Their deaths ended a two-year stretch without a highway maintenance worker fatality. Another Caltrans highway maintenance worker, Dean Patton, 51, of Grass Valley, will also be honored. He was riding a motorcycle on his way to attend the 2013 Workers Memorial when he was hit and killed by a motorist.
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Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 657-5060
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