Emergency incidents at two Sandton construction sites

Paramedics assist the injured. Picture: Sandton Chronicle.

In one incident two men were injured in a structural collapse while in another incident a man drowned after falling into a bathtub filled with water.

Emergency services were called to attend to two separate incidents at construction sites in Sandton on Tuesday.

In the first incident, two people were injured in a structural collapse at a construction site in Sandton.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen said when paramedics arrived on the scene at around 10am, they found that a large scaffolding on the side of the building had collapsed and two workers were “heavily entrapped”.

“Advanced Life Support paramedics worked to stabilise the patients, while fire and rescue officials worked to free them from beneath the scaffolding,” said Cohen.

He said once the patients were freed, they were further stabilised on the scene.

“Once stable, both patients were transported to a specialist trauma hospital under Advanced Life Support care – one by Emer-G-Med and the other by Netcare911,” said Cohen.

Johannesburg emergency management services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi confirmed the two men were taken to Sunninghill Hospital.

“One of the victims sustained critical injuries while the other had minor injuries to moderate injuries,” said Mulaudzi.

He said the cause of the collapse was not yet known.

Cohen also said the events leading up to the collapse were unknown and would be investigated by local authorities.

The Aveng Grinaker-LTA Trencon joint venture confirmed there was a staging collapse at its Stella Road construction site in Sandton, which resulted in the unfortunate injury of two construction workers.

In response to media queries, Aveng Grinaker-LTA Trencon stated, “They [the injured] have been taken to hospital for medical attention and we await news of their well-being.

“Ensuring the highest safety standards at all our operations is integral to the way we conduct our business, and the health and safety of our employees and contractors remains our primary concern.

“Activity at the site has been suspended pending a full investigation into the cause of the accident and we will provide the necessary support to the individuals concerned and their families.”

In a separate incident at around 9am on Tuesday morning, Netcare911 paramedics attended the scene of a construction site after a construction worker fell into a bath filled with water. The paramedics said apartments were being built on the construction site.

A statement from Netcare911 read, “When Netcare911 paramedics arrived on scene they initiated Cardi-Pulmonary Resuscitation.
 This went on for some time but sadly, there was nothing more that could be done for the man.
 The man was declared dead on scene by a Netcare911 paramedic.
”

November 15, 2016, 3pm

The Aveng Grinaker-LTA Trencon joint venture has confirmed that there was a staging collapse at its Stella Road construction site in Sandton on Tuesday, which resulted in the unfortunate injury of two construction workers, reports the Sandton Chronicle.

In response to media queries, Aveng Grinaker-LTA Trencon stated, “They [the injured] have been taken to hospital for medical attention and we await news of their well-being. Ensuring the highest safety standards at all our operations is integral to the way we conduct our business, and the health and safety of our employees and contractors remains our primary concern.

“Activity at the site has been suspended pending a full investigation into the cause of the accident and we will provide the necessary support to the individuals concerned and their families.”

November 15, 2016, 12.23pm:

Johannesburg emergency management services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi has confirmed that two men who were injured in the Sandton structural collapse have been taken to a hospital.

“The men injured at the construction site after the building collapsed have been taken to Sunninghill Hospital. One of the victims sustained critical injuries while the other had minor injuries to moderate injuries,” said Mulaudzi.

The construction site is across the road from the Sandton Gautrain Station.

He said the cause of the collapse is not yet known.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen explained that Emer-G-Med and the City of Johannesburg Fire Department responded to the reports of the structural collapse on the corner of West and Rivonia roads in Sandton at around 10am on Tuesday.

He said paramedics found that a large scaffolding on the side of the building had collapsed and two workers were heavily entrapped.

“Advanced Life Support paramedics worked to stabilise the patients, while Fire and Rescue officials worked to free them from beneath the scaffolding,” said Cohen.

“Once freed, paramedics further stabilised the patients, one who sustained very critical injuries, the other serious injuries. Once stable, both patients were transported to a specialist trauma hospital under Advanced Life Support care – one by Emer-G-Med and the other by Netcare911.”

Cohen also said the events leading up to the collapse were unknown and would be investigated by local authorities.

Paramedics assist the injured. Picture: Sandton Chronicle.

Paramedics assist the injured. Picture: Sandton Chronicle.

November 15, 2016, 11.10am:

Emer-G-Med paramedics and the City of Johannesburg Fire Department are attending to a structural collapse at a construction site on the corner of West and Rivonia roads, in Sandton, on Tuesday morning.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen said: “At this stage, it is believed that two people are trapped and are in a critical condition. Advanced Life Support paramedics are working to stabilise the patients, while Fire & Rescue officials are working to free them from beneath the rubble.”

The events leading up to the collapse are unknown and will be investigated by local authorities.

The Sandton Chronicle reports that the construction company, Trencon, has not commented on the incident yet. The company has said it will release a statement later today.

Gautrain spokesperson Kesagee Nayager has also not yet commented on the matter.

Two people are trapped in a structural collapse in Sandton. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Two people are trapped in a structural collapse in Sandton. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

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