36TH Anniversary of Bentall Tragedy renews calls for stronger safety measures for construction workers
Last year 29 construction workers were killed in British Columbia (18 from trauma and 11 from exposures). The BC Building Trades renewed their call for stronger safety measures in the construction industry.
The call came at the annual memorial held to mark the deaths of four Vancouver construction workers who plunged to their deaths when a fly form collapsed at the 36th floor of the Bentall Centre Tower IV building in 1981.
“Every year we gather to remember Gunther Couvreu; Donald Davis; Yrjo Mitrunen; and Brian Stevenson. We also come together to remember all our sisters and brothers in the construction industry that have lost their lives," said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the BC Building Trades.
Since the Bentall Tragedy, 971 construction workers have died in BC due to workplace trauma or exposures.
“Each year, we lay a rose for the workers that died the previous year. Red for those that died due to trauma, white for exposures,” said Sigurdson. “We commit ourselves to improving workplace safety, so that one year, hopefully sometime very soon, we will not have to lay any roses.”
Participants gathered at the western corner of the park at the Burrard Skytrain Station and laid wreaths at the Bentall Memorial plaque.
Contact the BC Building Trades office