Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Marking 50th anniversary of B.C.'s worst workplace event

article: The Province
The Ironworkers Memorial Bridge will be the scene of a ceremony tomorrow to honour the 19 people killed when the bridge collapsed exactly 50 years earlier while under construction.

Lou Lessard, a survivor of the 50-metre plunge into Burrard Inlet from what was then known as the Second Narrows Bridge, will be among the speakers honouring the victims on the milestone anniversary of B.C.'s worst industrial accident -- June 17, 1958.

The collapse of the bridge, today a crucial link in the Trans-Canada Highway, killed 18 construction workers instantly and also a diver trying tried to find survivors among the 79 workers who plunged from the bridge.

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