On June 17, 1958 during construction of the Second Narrows Bridge, two spans of the new bridge deck collapsed. 79 workers fell 30 metres into Burrard Inlet, and 18 of those men died almost instantly — some of them drowned from the weight of their tool belts while others were crushed by 6,000 tons of steel. The casualties were 14 iron workers, 3 engineers and a painter. Boats raced to help with the rescue efforts, and people working on nearby industrial sites also rushed to the scene to offer assistance. A commercial diver drowned a few days later while trying to recover a body, bringing the total fatalities to 19. An investigation by a Royal Commission determined the reasons for the accident were complex, but involved human error in the miscalculation of a temporary support. The new bridge officially opened in August 1960. The images in this collection are from The Vancouver Sun.
In 1994 the bridge was renamed the Iron Workers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing to pay tribute to the men who died.
The collapse remains the worse industrial accident in Vancouver's history.