This write-up was on an event of a couple weeks ago, where carelessness and lacking attention resulted in a tragedy that should have been avoided. Being a bridge tender for any moveable bridge requires a person to pay attention to the finest detail. This didn’t happen and like the author said, the person responsible should have his day in court and a drawbridge should be (re-)named in memory of the woman, whose life was cut short by something that should have been avoided.
This post is one of the hardest ones I have ever written. I keep getting up to pace back and forth. I keep going from shock to anger to fury to sadness. I have been operating drawbridges for 21 years. I worked on three Jacksonville, Florida drawbridges from 2001 to 2014, with a brief intermission to work on a drawbridge in the Charleston, South Carolina area. From 2014 to present, I’ve worked on 5 different drawbridges here in Seattle, Washington. I take this job extremely seriously.
So imagine what it felt like for me to hear that, once again, someone has died while crossing a drawbridge in South Florida. It has happened more than once. Google “Death and Drawbridges” and see what pops up. I’ve heard of several drawbridge deaths in that area, and there was also one in the Boston area many years back. In most cases, the tragedy…
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