33rd Anniversary of Bentall Tragedy renews calls for stronger safety measures for construction workers

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

VANCOUVER - Representatives from the BC Building Trades and BC Federation of Labour gathered today with family member and the public 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.

"Workplace deaths have a profound and permanent impact on families, friends and coworkers," said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the BC Building Trades. "Since the Bentall tragedy, 867 construction workers have died from trauma and exposures in B.C. We come together every year to remember the coworkers we lost and commit ourselves to making our workplaces safe."


Last year 33 construction workers were killed in British Columbia (10 from trauma and 23 from exposures). The BC Building Trades and BC Federation of Labour renewed their call for stronger safety masures in the construction industry.


"Every worker should go to work knowing they will return home safely at the end of the day," Sinclair said. "Last year 33 workers died because of their jobs, leaving behind their families, their friends and loved ones. The fact that construction fatalities are not going down is a clear signal that not enough is being done to ensure the safety of workers in British Columbia."


Participants gathered at the Hyatt Recency Hotel in Vancouver for a short film showing on the Bentall tragedy by the Labour Heritage Centre and WorkSafeBC, then proceeded to the Bentall Memorial plaque.



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