Archives: Tower workers plunge to their deaths

This day in Vancouver history: Jan. 7, 1981

Four carpenters die after the exterior panel they were standing on broke free from the 36th storey of  Bentall Tower 4 at the corner of Melville and Thurlow streets. The accident that took the lives of Donald Davis, Gunther Couvreux, Yrjo Mitrunen, and Brian Stevenson was one of the worst work place accidents in the city’s history.


article continues below

The tragedy also sparked the first B.C. government inquiry into the construction industry's worker safety record and accident prevention practices.

Every year since, people gather at the accident site near the Burrard Street SkyTrain staion to lay flowers in their memory and to draw public awareness to what remains a very dangerous industry. Last year 31 construction workers were killed in British Columbia.

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
Find the Vancouver Courier Newspaper