Department of Labour to conduct formal probe into Grayston Bridge collapse

Pretoria – The Department of Labour says it will conduct a formal inquiry into the M1 Grayston/Sandton bridge collapse, which left two people dead.

The incident took place on 14 October. Over 20 people were injured when the support structure of the pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed.

The Department of Labour’s Chief Inspector, Tibor Szana, on Wednesday said their formal investigation would take up to six months to complete.

Addressing the media during the release of a preliminary report on the incident in Pretoria, Szana said the department was still gathering evidence on the incident.

“We don’t work with rumours, we work with facts,” he said.

He said the construction of the bridge has been stopped to allow investigations to continue smoothly. “Construction will commence following regulations. There is a requirement for the construction company to comply with.”

Szana said there are other parties that are also conducting investigations into the incident, including the construction company.

Department of Labour Acting Director-General Aggy Moiloa said Murray & Roberts was awarded a contract to construct the bridge and started work on 29 January this year.

Moiloa said the formal investigation into the collapse of the bridge will focus on, among others, the responsibility of the client (City of Johannesburg) in terms of construction regulations; responsibility of the principal constructor in terms of the construction regulations and as an employer; the responsibility of the agent on behalf of the client in terms of the same regulations, and the supplier of materials and bridge design.