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Caltrans memorial service honors 186 fallen workers

EUREKA – Wednesday morning, Caltrans District 1 (Eureka) hosted a memorial service honoring those fallen construction highway workers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The solemn occasion comes in eight years after Daniel D Broeske, a Transportation Engineering Technician (District 1) was killed instantly when a dump truck backed over him.

Over 150 people were in attendance, honoring those workers who lost their lives.

Out of the 186 workers who are honored, 16 of those employees are from District 1.

Thousands of people brave the construction occupation every day.

According to Career Cast’s 2016 ‘Jobs Rated’ report construction laborers have the most dangerous jobs in the United States.

“It's very dangerous work, and of course it's very devastating whenever someone loses their life, sacrificing their life to improve transportation. A lot of these collisions can be prevented by drivers being a little more cautious in cone zones,” says Caltrans District 1’s PIO, Myles Cochrane.

“Today's also designed to honor contractors that have worked in District 1 that also lost their lives as well.”

“Senator [Mike] McGuire put forth the resolution for today for honoring these workers, and we're just happy to have everybody involved.”