West Virginia Division of Highways is seeking assistance from the public in
order to establish a statewide fallen worker memorial for highway safety to
honor those who lost their lives while performing their jobs.
The first step toward success of
this project is to collect the names of those fallen workers. WVDOH staff have
been able to track work zone fatalities through the mid 1970’s and continue to
research job related deaths at the state archives. The DOH is now reaching out
to the public for any information that could help us honor the fallen.
inclusion on the memorial, the deceased must have been an active full-time or
part-time employee of the Division of Highways, Department of Highways or the
State Road Commission.The death must
have been from
a work-related accident or injury. The names of the
honorees, once permission is granted by their families, will be enshrined on
the memorial. This will include employees who died from1921 to the present.Room will be left for names to be added,
although we continue to campaign for no more work-related deaths on West
Virginia roadways.The memorial’s design
will be selected from entries submitted by WVDOH employees.
effort has been spearheaded by WVDOH District 3 staff. After a fellow employee,
Randy Bland, was fatally struck while performing his job in a work zone, a
committee gathered to look at ways to honor Randy’s sacrifice. In doing so,
they found that there is nothing, statewide, that honors the many men and women
who have made the same sacrifice.The
committee arrived at the idea to construct a memorial that honors all state
highway transportation workers who died performing their jobs.The memorial will be a placed at the
Williamstown I-77 Welcome Center where family members, friends and colleagues
can reflect on their loss and where the traveling public can become more aware
of why safety is of the upmost importance by reflecting on the sacrifices
made by those honored.
assist our efforts by gathering and forwarding names,
a brief synopsis of their accidental death, and any available family contact
information for any workers meeting the criteria. Information
can be sent by email to Candice.M.Caviness@wv.gov
or by mail:
DOH District Three
624 Depot Street
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101-5127
other questions concerning the memorial should be directed to the WVDOT Communication Office.