Construction halted at Durban scaffolding collapse site

2015-05-19 17:31
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Durban - City building inspectors have called for a developer to submit a report after scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in Durban’s city centre on Monday.

Four construction workers were seriously injured and had to be rescued by paramedics, firefighters and police search and rescue officers.

eThekwini municipality spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, said the building had been constructed in line with the approved plan.  

“A portion of the formwork intended for temporary support for the fourth storey deck had collapsed, and visually has not affected the structure. A site instruction was issued to the contracts manager to submit a report by the appointed approved competent person, reporting on the reasons for the failure," she said.

The report should also include what remedial work would need to be undertaken and the safety and stability of the formwork and scaffolding on the site.

“The Department of Labour have conducted their investigations and have issued a prohibition notice to stop work in the affected area in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, pending the submission of the report by the appointed approved competent person and acceptance of the report by the department," she said.

“The City will continue to monitor the site regularly in order to ensure compliance with applicable legislation,” Mthethwa added.

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