Workers injured after pier collapse at Halfway River Bridge

Two workers were seriously injured Sunday morning at the Highway 29 Halfway River Bridge construction site.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 9 a.m., and the two workers were taken to hospital. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the workers were performing work on one of the piers when it collapsed.

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“This morning, a serious incident occurred on the Highway 29 Halfway River Bridge,” the Ministry said in a statement. “Two workers were injured, and both were transported to the hospital. The workers were performing work on one of the piers when it collapsed.”

Details are limited. The ministry said more information will be made available as soon as possible.

WorkSafeBC says it issued a stop-work order on the portion of work related to rebar erection, and that it is investigating.

“The purpose of a WorkSafeBC investigation is to identify the cause of the incident, and any contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be prevented from happening in the future,” a spokesperson said. “We are not able to discuss any other details at this time.”

The stop-work order for the rebar work was still in place as of Monday afternoon, and the earthworks portion of the work was not affected by the order.

A new bridge at Halfway River is being built to make way for the Site C hydroelectric reservoir on the Peace River. Work includes 3.7 kilometres of new two-lane highway and the construction of a new one kilometre-long bridge crossing the Halfway River, about 500 metres north of the current structure.

Construction began this winter and is expected to be complete in fall 2022. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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