On June 17, members of the BC Building Trades, including leadership of IUOE Local 115, attended the annual memorial honouring the workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
On June 17, 1958, 79 workers plunged 175 feet into Burrard Inlet when one of the spans collapsed. On that day, 18 workers were killed instantly. A diver died two days later. Over the duration of the project, four additional people were killed. It was the worst industrial accident in the history of the province.
Business Rep Wayne Mills’ father (Ed Mills) worked on the project up until two weeks before the fatal collapse.