Transportation Cabinet
Transportation Cabinet honors fallen employees

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2015  
Contact Information:  Chuck Wolfe
Transportation Cabinet

National Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2015) – In observance of National Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is honoring employees who lost their lives while on the job.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock and Assistant State Highway Engineer Bob Lewis joined KYTC Employee Safety and Health Branch Manager Rob Hecker and KYTC graphic designer Shannon Martin to hang a memorial print in the KYTC Central Office lobby in Frankfort. Martin designed the print. Lewis’ father, Herbert S. Lewis, a KYTC construction engineer, was struck by a vehicle and killed in a highway work zone on Aug. 29, 1968. 

“The hanging of this print serves two purposes,” Hancock said. “It honors those we lost, and serves as a reminder to our current employees to be safe and alert while working to improve our roads.”

The print lists 91 names, with dates ranging from 1963 to 2011.

“On behalf of those who lost a loved one, we appreciate the cabinet recognizing their sacrifice,” Lewis said.  “I encourage everyone driving through a work zone to slow down and pay attention to our workers. We don’t want to add more names to this list.”

Framed memorial prints also were made for each of the 12 KYTC district offices.

Established by the U.S. Department of Labor, Workers’ Memorial Day honors workers who have died on the job, acknowledges the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and recommits the state and federal governments to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces.