Construction council shocked at Meyersdal collapse

Construction Sector Charter Council says it's shocked that seven workers died when a building collapsed.

The side of the Meyersdal Eco Estate where a building collapsed, killing seven construction workers and injuring several others. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The Construction Sector Charter Council says there's an increasing trend of companies not complying with health and safety regulations and has called on the Labour Department to monitor this more closely.

The council says it's shocked that seven workers were killed when part of a house that was being renovated collapsed in Meyersdal this week.

This is now the subject of an official inquiry by the Labour Department.

The council's Chief Executive Officer Thabo Masombuka said, "Such incidents represent an increasing scale of noncompliance with basic safety and construction regulations in the industry."

Meanwhile, the inquiry was launched after preliminary investigations found that the renovations were illegal.

The department has called on officials at the Ekurhuleni City Planning Department to testify at the inquiry.

Furthermore, Eyewitness News spoke to one of the construction workers who was injured in the deadly collapse.

34-year-old Sipho Mofokeng is being treated at the Union Hospital in Alberton.

He said he's still trying to come to terms with what happened.

A psychologist is monitoring the injured survivors on a daily basis who are being treated for minor to critical injuries.

Video: Meyersdal survivor speaks.