House collapse inquiry due to start

2014-10-27 17:13
Emergency workers remove rubble at the collapsed house in Meyersdal Eco Estate in search of bodies. (File: Sapa)

Emergency workers remove rubble at the collapsed house in Meyersdal Eco Estate in search of bodies. (File: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - An inquiry into the collapse of a house at Meyersdal Eco Estate, near Alberton on the East Rand, in which seven people were killed, will get under way on Wednesday, the labour department said.

"The inquiry will gather evidence for eight successive days until 7 November," the department said in a statement on Monday.

Seven workers were killed and nine injured when the house collapsed on 18 August.

The department established the commission of inquiry under section 32 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

"The section 32 hearing is appointed to investigate acts of negligence that resulted in occupational injuries and death of workers."

The department's senior specialist on health and safety in construction Phumudzo Maphaha would chair the inquiry.

Principal inspector of the department Christo du Preez and specialist inspector Lesibe Raphela would also serve as commissioners in the probe.

"The interested parties expected to testify before the inquiry include: the owner of the house; workers; foreman; insurer(s); designer; the Engineering Council of SA; the National Home Builders Registration Council; and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification."

The inquiry would be held at the labour department's head office at the corner of Paul Kruger and Francis Baard Streets in Pretoria.

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