The SA Department of Labour will unveil its preliminary report on the M1 bridge collapse disaster on 28 October.
The Grayston Drive pedestrian bridge collapse over the M1 highway in Johannesburg on 14 October 2015, kiled two and injured 23.
A taxi was caught in a pedestrian bridge collapse. The bridge was intended as a pedestrian and cycling bridge across the M1, between Alexandra and Sandton.
The project cost R130-m, for a quicker and safer route for the estimated 10 000 people who walk or cycle between the two areas daily. It was due to be completed in October 2016.
Johannesburg said service providers are contractually obliged to ensure the safety of citizens and their property.
The city will investigate claims by construction company Murray & Roberts that strong winds caused the cave-in of scaffolding.
Contractors said final reinforcements were being applied around the bridge under construction, when the structure was blown over.
One person has been rescued from one of the vehicles that was crushed when the structure collapsed. A car was crushed under the scaffolding.
Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau arrived on the scene and were briefed by emergency personnel.
The city said it would conduct its own investigations to find out if any procedures were flouted during construction. Service providers are contractually obliged to ensure the safety of citizens and their property.
“We want to institute a proper investigation so that we can get to the bottom of this issue because people have lost lives, people have been injured and they have had their property damaged.”
M&R shares drop after bridge collapse
Murray and Robers shares dropped directly after the incident. The firm says the metal scaffolding which collapsed was erected to enable the building of a pedestrian bridge over the M1 highway. The stock closed at R11,15 after a drop of 7.3%, its biggest decline in four and a half years.
The construction company said it had initiated all its incident response procedures. Ed Jardim, spokesperson for Murray & Roberts, said; “We are very concerned about those injured. This is a very busy highway and this was an active site.”
He was not aware of any construction workers being injured. “All of our incident response procedures have been initiated, our support services have been mobilised and relevant authorities.
“Murray & Roberts offers its condolences to the families of the deceased and sympathy to those injured.
Emergency services were in control of the rescue operations, supported by senior Murray & Roberts personnel and equipment.
Sources; EWN. eNCA. Scaffold Training /Clint Lourens. Murray & Roberts.
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