While we keep them in our thoughts all year, April 22, 2010 was the day to officially honor WSDOT fallen workers, and the families left behind.
In a solemn ceremony, WSDOT executives and staff, partners from the Washington State Patrol, Federal Highways and the contractor community gathered with families of WSDOT’s fallen workers at WSDOT headquarters in Olympia.
There was a special tribute to WSDOT fallen worker Myron “Neal” Richards (killed while clearing the roadway near Port Angeles Nov. 19, 2009), with a presentation to his family. His co-workers unveiled a plaque on wall of the Transportation Building (WSDOT headquarters) in Olympia.
For more than 100 years, state transportation workers have dedicated themselves to improving the mobility and safety of Washington’s citizens.
Often times this means putting themselves at risk to perform their duties.
We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the workers who live their lives, serving others.
Also part of the ceremony was news about a new WSDOT Worker Memorial Foundation. Chris Christopher, WSDOT’s Maintenance Director announced the planned monument to the WSDOT Workforce.
WSDOT’s employees and partners showed their support by wearing orange to bring more public awareness to those who work to improve our highways, roadways and streets. You can see the photos from the event on the WSDOT Flickr site.
Please take some time to check out the WSDOT Go Orange for Work Zone Safety Web site. Many people, companies and agencies have posted creative photos in support of work zone safety awareness.
On Washington’s state and local roads, 46 drivers, passengers and roadway workers were killed and close to 4,000 injured in work zones from 2005-2009. Since 1950, 57 Washington State Department of Transportation employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities.