Chapter 9 – Ethics – British Columbia and Canadian Cases

Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge collapse

Ethics – Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

  • Investigation into the collapse revealed that the temporary supports were inadequately designed, the webs of the temporary beams were too thin.
  • Calculation error in the temporary support by Assistant Field Engineer
  • Lack of checking by Field Engineer
  • Both the field engineer and his assistant perished in the collapse


Information from

Andrews, G.C., “Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience – Practice and Ethics” Fifth Edition, Copyright 2014, 2009



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