Transportation workers face a number of dangers on-the-job, dangers that can leave them badly injured – or dead. Despite these dangers thousands of workers have dedicated their lives to New York’s infrastructure.
To celebrate the lives and sacrifice of the transportation department’s fallen workers, volunteers from the department gave their time and hard work to construct a memorial wall. The wall was built at the NYSDOT Equipment Management Shop, 10 Harbor Lock Road, and is open to the public.
The memorial is next to the Thruway “park and ride” lot off of North Genesee Street in Utica. The ground was broken for the project on Workers Memorial Day in April. It was constructed using materials that were salvaged or recycled from other projects, so it did not cost the state any money.
The memorial displays a plaque that reads “Erected in memory of those who lost their lives in service to the people of the State of New York.” Officials and workers hope that their efforts will serve as a reminder that the dangers to workers in work zone accidents must be eliminated.
Work related accidents have killed and injured too many transportation workers in New York. The last worker injured was a highway maintenance worker, Gary Farrell, who died in November of last year. He will be remembered – as will all New York workers killed on the job – at this memorial.