Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry resumes

Pretoria – The inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge – appointed by the Department of Labour – will resume today in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The inquiry, which will today lead evidence from Formscaff Holdings, was supposed to have been held last month but it was postponed after interested stakeholders failed to submit their reports on the incident.

The Section 32 inquiry was set up by government following the collapse of the temporary bridge on the M1/Grayston Drive on 14 October 2015. Two people died and 19 other were injured. The closing of one of the city’s major arterials significantly disrupted traffic.

The Section 32 hearing was appointed by the Department of Labour in terms of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act to investigate instances of negligence.

The bridge, intended to link Alexandra to the centre of the Sandton CBD, was expected to be completed within a year from the time of construction.

At the time of the incident, the bridge was being built parallel to Grayston Drive on the M1 highway.

Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction of the pedestrian and cycle bridge, also appointed technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists to probe the incident.

The City of Johannesburg is also conducting their own probe into the cause of the collapse.