Bridge collapse inquiry to probe Health and Safety Agent

The Grayston bridge collapse inquiry will investigate the contractor, the client, the Construction Health and Safety Agent, and the supplier of materials and design.

However the inquiry was postponed due to “technical glitches and challenges”, said the SA Department of Labour.

A sitting of the Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry expected to sit for three days from 4 May 2016, was postponed due to “untold challenges faced” by the DOL-appointed Commission.

Bridge collapse inquiry Presiding Officer, Lennie Samuel, said every time the Commission meets it experiences challenges. He said the issues faced by the Commission were beyond his control.

“We have had a series of communications with various stakeholders to the inquiry. We have also made sufficient progress to date.

“We have now received expert reports from Formscaff and Murray & Roberts. The rest of the parties have submitted statements”.

Two experts from Formscaff were expected to give evidence before the Inquiry. There were 20 witnesses lined up to testify before the Inquiry.

The inquiry may proceed on 7 July 2016 at a venue to be confirmed.

The Section 32 Inquiry was set up in terms of the OHS Act after the collapse of the temporary bridge structure at the M1 Grayston Drive. The collapse of the bridge structure to link Sandton and Alexandra led to the deaths of two people and injury to 19 others.

Construction Health and Safety Agent to be investigated

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires the DOL to investigate instances of negligence and contravention of safety legislation.

The Commission’s mandate will focus on: the responsibility of the principal constructor in terms of the Construction Regulations as employer, and the responsibility of the client; and the responsibility of the Construction Health and Safety Agent; and the supplier of the materials and design.

Interested role players and witnesses expected to testify include engineers, construction firm Murray & Roberts, the City of Johannesburg a s client, the Johannesburg Development Agency, Royal Haskoning DHV, Formscaff, the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a labour union.

Source; SA Department of Labour.

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