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20 Aug 2014
6:00 am

Building safety standards shoddy

What is happening to this country's standards of safety in the construction industry?

The collapse of a Tongaat mall last year, in which two people were killed, was not an isolated incident. Nor were sufficient lessons learned or applied.

These observations stem from the collapse of a double-storey house in Alberton this week, leaving at least seven people dead. Similarities between the two events may seem tenuous, especially as the commission of inquiry into the Tongaat incident has not completed its work, and the Alberton investigations have barely started. But we do know that labourers have been put to work on dangerous structures which should not have passed safety inspection.

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