Caltrans Workers Memorial and Worker Safety
Since 1921, 189 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 28, 2022. The live webcast can be accessed the day of the ceremony at: https://youtu.be/cN5ReWnQ5i8
The Fallen Workers Memorial is a time to remember those who lost their lives building, maintaining, and operating California’s world-class transportation system. I am extremely pleased that we do not have any new Caltrans employee names to add to our wall this year. The observance also honors our fallen contractors and highlights transportation safety awareness for all, including the traveling public.
The memorial is held in conjunction with Caltrans Safety Awareness Week and highlights the importance of motorist and employee work zone safety.
2022 Caltrans Statewide Workers Memorial Ceremony
Paying Our Respects
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.
- 2021 Workers Memorial Video
- 2020 Workers Memorial Video
- 2019 Workers Memorial Video
- 2018 Workers Memorial Video
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 lights, move over to protect highway workers.
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: Tips to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.