Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:00

Department of Labour investigate bridge collapse

The Department of Labour has officially announced the appointment of Mr Lennie Samuel as the Presiding Inspector to head the Inquiry into the collapse of the temporary walkway bridge between Sandton and Alexandra on the M1 freeway.

Mr Samuel's appointment follows a media briefing held by the department on October 28, when it released a preliminary report on the state of the collapsed pedestrian bridge and announced the setting up of a section 32 inquiry in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In terms of the mandate, the department said Mr Samuel would preside over the formal inquiry to determine if any contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and any of its regulations had led to the collapse of the temporary bridge.

  • at this stage no party stood accused of any wrongdoing
  • the inquiry will be held in public
  • the inquiry is expected to last at least six months