Caltrans Workers Memorial and Worker Safety

2023 Caltrans Statewide Workers Memorial Ceremony

Since 1921, 191 Caltrans employees, tragically, have been killed on the job. One of the biggest hazards faced by highway workers is inattentive, or distracted, motorists.

Each year, Caltrans honors its fallen employees at the statewide Workers Memorial on the west steps of the State Capitol. Family members, co-workers, friends, and the general public are invited to attend the memorial, which takes place this year at 11 a.m. on April 27, 2023. The live webcast can be viewed the day of the ceremony.

The Fallen 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 Quanda McGadney, District 4 Landscape Maintenance Worker and Ali Shabazz, District 6 Transportation Civil Engineer.

Quanda McGadney, was killed on June 3, 2022, when a driver under the influence speeding and driving erratically crossed onto the shoulder and struck her as she was standing outside her vehicle. 

Ali Shabazz was killed on August 8, 2022, on his way to a job site.  Another motorist ran a stop sign and struck his truck.  Both individuals succumbed to their injuries at the crash site.

This observance also highlights safety awareness for employees in work zones, as well as the motoring public.

2023 Caltrans Statewide and District Workers Memorial Ceremonies

Forever Remembered

We hope that you take the time to attend one of the memorials being held throughout the state, either virtually or in person, as we honor those who lost their lives on the job.

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 11 a.m., Sacramento State Capitol
District 1:
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Virtual 
District 2:
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 11 a.m., Adin Maintenance Station, 672150 HWY 299 East Adin, CA. 96006
District 3:
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 11 a.m., Sacramento State Capitol
District 4:
April 25, 2023, 10 a.m., District Office Auditorium, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
District 5:
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 10 a.m., 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
District 6:
Wednesday, May 10, 202, 10:30 a.m., Fresno District Office, 1352 W. Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
District 6:
Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:30 a.m., Bakersfield Region Office, 1226 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, CA  93308
District 7:
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 11 a.m., West Region, 4821 Adohr Lane, Camarillo, CA 93012
District 8:
Tuesday, May 9, 2023, TBD, 464 West 4th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401 
District 9:
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 10 a.m., Bishop Maintenance yard at 1250 Spruce Street, Bishop, CA, 93514
District 10:
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 11 a.m., Sacramento State Capitol
District 11:
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 10 a.m., District Office, 4050 Taylor St San Diego, CA 92110
District 12:
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 10:30 a.m., Batavia Maintenance Station, 1808 N. Batavia Street, Orange, CA  92865

Past Memorials

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, Former Caltrans Director

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 Move Over Law

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

Be Alert, Our Dad's at Work

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.

Slow for the Cone Zone

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