Moment of silence planned Feb. 16 for 10th anniversary of fatal crane collapseWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
A moment of silence is planned for 2:22 p.m. Feb. 16 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the crane collapse during construction of the Veterans Glass City Skyway that killed four workers and injured four others.
Robert Lipinski, Mike Moreau, Mike Phillips and Arden Clark, all members of Ironworkers Local 55 of Toledo, were killed in the accident on Feb. 16, 2004.
Josh Collins and Roger Henneman of Ironworkers Local 55 and Allan Hedge and Mark Buck of Operating Engineers Local 18 were injured.
Asking for the moment of silence are Mayor D. Michael Collins; Joe Blaze III, business manager for Local 55; Shaun Enright, president of Northwestern Ohio Building & Construction Trade Council; along with other labor leaders and elected officials.
“Unions have made jobs safer, but there are construction projects that carry a risk, when despite the skill and experience, equipment or some other failure kills or injures one of our brothers or sisters,” Enright said in a news release. “It is important that we never forget these four men who died or those who were injured and that we continue to push for industry safety standards through collective bargaining.”
“For all of those who worked on the Veterans Glass City Skyway, it was a dream job for them to build something that our community will have for years to come,” Blaze said in the release. “We as a union will never forget the brothers that we lost and we ask the community to join us in remembering them.”
“The iconic span of the skyway is a constant reminder of the marvels of our accomplishments, but it is also a constant reminder that our community lost four of its own in the process,” Collins said in the release. “I urge all residents of Toledo and the surrounding area to join us in a moment of silence at 2:22 pm to honor these men.”
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