BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A ceremony held Thursday morning to honor Caltrans employees who lost their lives while on the job.
It was the 29th year the Worker’s Memorial Ceremony was held to remember the 189 fallen Caltrans workers – since 1921.
The event displayed orange cones with the names of each employee who passed away.
Caltrans says the majority of work zone deaths was due to reckless or inattentive drivers traveling through work zone areas.
“For our employees, this is our workplace, who else has a workplace where you have 75 mile per hour projectiles ride along side with you,” said Deputy District Director, John Liu of Caltrans District 6.
Liu added with every employee we have has a family, they’re a parent, a brother, a sister and we want them to go home at the end of the day.
Caltrans and the CHP want to remind drivers to stay attentive and undistracted while driving and be cognizant of workers and vehicles in work zone areas.