Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume

The collapsed bridge. Photo: The Citizen

The collapsed bridge. Photo: The Citizen

The commission conducted a site visit a week ago to the scene of the fatal collapse of the M1/Grayston bridge.

The department of labour has said that the inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday.

“The Department of Labour-appointed-M1/Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge Inquiry will continue tomorrow (02 August 2016) after a week’s recess with testimony from Form-Scaff,” said acting department of labour spokesperson Mokgadi Pela in a statement on Monday.

Form-Scaff provides an array of products and services to a range of construction and civil engineering industries. Pela said a witness expert from the company would take the stand on Tuesday.

The commission rounded off its previous work a week ago with a site visit to the scene of the fatal accident on the M1/Grayston bridge.

Murray & Roberts had made a presentation to the commission in which it presented a number of models it had designed, in a bid to convince the commission to give it permission to start reconstruction of the bridge.

The department of labour set up the Section 32 inquiry to uncover the causes of the October 14, 2015 collapse of the temporary bridge structure across the M1 near the Grayston Drive offramp. The bridge collapsed onto cars passing underneath, killing two people and injuring 19 others.

The Section 32 investigation, presided over by Lennie Samuel and assisted by Lesibe Raphela, is being held in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.

Pela said the inquiry would break on election day, Wednesday August 3, and resume on Thursday.

– African News Agency (ANA)


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