The role of engineers is now probed in the Thongathi Mall collapse inquiry in July 2014.
The role of engineers in design, techniques, and construction methods applied during the project remain in the spotlight as cross-examination of witnesses and expert engineers continue in a bid to find the root causes of the fatal incident.
The Section 32 hearing instituted by the Department of Labour is ‘gathering evidence against parties whose negligence resulted in occupational injuries and death of workers’, following the collapse in November last year.
The hearings are held in the North Coast Town of oThongathi at the local Municipal offices.
Witnesses and experts that have testified include;
• workers who were below the slab during the collapse
• the steel fixer
• eThekwini municipal representatives
• engineers appointed by all parties
• the contractor and Client
• Ronnie Pillay, a foreman at the construction site on the day of the collapse
• Rishen Naidoo, a sub-contractor doing post-tensioning of concrete armour including electronic cabling
• Ismail van Zyl, a subcontractor
• Robert John Young, an engineer.
The Thongathi Mall Commission of Inquiry is chaired by DOL construction manager Phumudzo Maphaha, assisted by Sandile Kubheka and Lennie Samuel, a forensic investigation and organiser.
The Thongathi Mall collapse inquiry continues.
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