Sixty-four years ago today, an engineering error caused the almost-completed Second Narrows Bridge to collapse. The working site was filled with men almost finished their shift. Nineteen of them died, many dragged to the bottom of the inlet by the weight of the their tool-laden belts. It was an unmitigated disaster and is forever remembered in the official name of the structure — which was later completed — as the Ironworkers’ Memorial Second Narrows Crossing.
More than 100 BC workers are killed in workplace accidents every year in this province. As we drive across the Bridge, it is important that we remember both the workers who died on that particular day and those who continue to risk their lives each and every day right to the present. People are our most precious resource, and every single death is a disaster for each family concerned.