Meyersdal collapse: Surviving workers testify

Construction workers who survived the August collapse say they didn’t receive health and safety training.

FILE: Rescue workers on the scene of the Meyersdal Eco Estate collapse on 19 August 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The construction workers who survived the collapse of a double storey house in Meyersdal have told a commission of inquiry they were not given any training on health and safety.

The inquiry into the cause of the collapse, which claimed the lives of seven construction workers in August, began today.

It was established by the Labour Department and is being held in Pretoria.

Construction workers Collins Mohale, Patrick Moremi and Sandile Mabuza have testified that they weren't given training on health and safety but were given protective gear.

Speaking through a translator, Mabuza told the commission their supervisor had reminded them to wear the gear but this was not always the case.

The owner of the house, engineers and officials from the construction company are also expected to take the stand.