San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Bridge Construction Accident, Oct 1936

Golden Gate Bridge 1940s

First Life Lost on Gate Bridge; Another Worker Saved by Net

One workman was killed and another saved from death by the life net yesterday when a giant travelling crane of the Golden Gate bridge turned over on the deck of the structure near the Marin shore.

It was the first death on the bridge since start of construction, officials said.

The dead man, Kermit Moore, 23, 2525 Steiner street, was working with Myles Green, 36, 86 Lovell street, Mill Valley, when a pin on the crane's travelling arm pulled loose and the crane turned over, crushing the first man to death and tossing the second off the bridge deck to the life net.
All work was suspended on the bridge structure for the day.

The accident occurred 1400 feet from the Marin shore tower and the crane was placing steel beams in place when it toppled over. The life net saved Green from a plunge into the bay waters 220 feet below.

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA 22 Oct 1936

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It was on October 21, 1936, that the first fatality came to the bridge. Kermit Moore, 23, and Myles Green, 36, were working together in the center of the suspension span when a big travelling crane, blown by high winds toppled on them. Moore fell beneath the heavy machinery and was crushed to death. Green was knocked off his feet and over the side of the bridge -- but the safety net cheated death. Instead of plummeting 230 feet to death in the waters of the Golden Gate, Green fell headlong into the net, bounced a couple of times, and came up little the worse for his experience.

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA 27 May 1937, article for the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Another 10 men would die in an accident before the opening of the bridge.