January 10, 2014

VIDEO: Remembering the Bentall Four tragedy

On January 7, 1981, Vancouver's construction industry was marred by a tragic accident when Gunther Couvreux, Brian Stevenson, Donald W. Davis and Yrjo Mitrunen fell thirty-six floors to their death when a fly form attached to the Bentall building in downtown Vancouver came loose.

The event has been marked for the past 33 years by the construction industry, labour and the government with a ceremony held near the site of the accident at a permanent memorial.

Tom Sigurdson, the executive director of the BC Building Trades, and Al Johnson, the vice president of prevention services for WorkSafeBC both spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the importance of workplace safety and of vigilance regarding exposure to dangerous chemicals, which Sigurdson said will be a rising factor in workplace deaths in years to come.

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