The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 29, 2010
Caltrans remembers fallen workers

100429 caltrans.JPGCaltrans is holding a memorial at 11 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol this morning to honor department employees killed on the job. Tenth Street in front of the building is closed for the event, Caltrans trucks fill the street, and workers are displaying traffic cones as a reminder of their fallen colleagues and that drivers should slow down around construction sites.

Two Caltrans employees died at work last year. The first was Don Lichliter, a Modesto resident who was killed in July when a passing truck hit him on Highway 99 in Lodi. Deborah Ross, a 51-year-old toll collector, was shot and killed on in August while working at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Lichliter and Ross marked the 173rd and 174th deaths for workers on the job for the Department of Transportation and its predecessor, the Department of Public Works. Click here to see that list.

You can view the memorial live by clicking here.

PHOTO: Parked Caltrans trucks fill 10th Street in front of the Capitol this morning prior to an annual memorial for department workers killed in the in the line of duty.
CREDIT: Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee.

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