The media is invited to attend a brief ceremony Thursday, April 28, 2016, honoring South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) employees who have lost their lives on the job.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. on the front steps of SCDOT Headquarters, 955 Park St., Columbia. Note: Park Street will be closed from Pendleton Street to College Street for this event and will reopen shortly after its conclusion. News media parking will be available inside the barricades.
A concurrent resolution passed by South Carolina General Assembly declared April 28, 2016, as "Workers' Memorial Day" in tribute to the working men and women who have lost their lives because of workplace injuries and illnesses.
While SCDOT will be honoring all agency employees who have lost their lives on the job, it will highlight three employees during the ceremony:
Scheduled speakers include Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall; SCDOT Commission Chairman Mike Wooten; Emily Lawton, SC Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration; Kenny Eargle, SCDOT Director of Occupational Safety and Health; and Andy Leaphart, SCDOT Chief of Operations.