Caltrans to honor fallen workers at ceremony Thursday

Employees who have lost their lives while working on state highways will be honored during Caltrans’ annual “Worker Memorial Ceremony,” scheduled 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Central Coast Caltrans office, 50 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo.

“This is a solemn but important event to honor all of our workers who made the ultimate sacrifice to build, maintain and operate California’s world-class transportation system,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Rich Krumholz.

District 5 includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Since 1924, 174 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job, eight in the Central Coast district. One of the biggest hazards for Caltrans workers is motorists who do not exercise caution while driving through highway work zones, Krumholz said.

Each year during the statewide Worker Memorial Day, Caltrans honors those who have died in the line of duty by placing their names on a memorial plaque in the lobby of the Caltrans headquarters building in Sacramento.

At the District 5 office, a rose is placed for each fallen employee on top of a memorial rock containing the engraved names of fallen employees.

In addition, the public is invited to attend the Caltrans District 5 Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-Bob Cuddy