Inquiry into collapsed Grayston pedestrian bridge begins

Presiding officer Lennie Samuel is scrutinising reports from various companies involved in the project.

An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed temporary bridge over the M1 in Sandton where scaffolding caved in passing cars, killing three people and injuring 22. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The first session of the Labour Department's inquiry into the fatal Grayston pedestrian bridge collapse is underway in Braamfontein.

Two people died and scores were injured in October when the scaffolding around the under-construction bridge caved in over the M1 highway.

Presiding officer Lennie Samuel is scrutinising administrative reports from various companies involved in the project, including construction firm Murray & Roberts.

Samuel said today's opening hearing will focus on the roles and responsibilities of each party in the construction of the bridge and in the supply of materials.

He has ruled all the reports read into the record today are sub judice and will not be made available to the media until the matter is completed.

Murray & Roberts opened today's session and told the inquiry that it was a temporary structure that collapsed, not the bridge or any permanent structure.

It explained that the scaffolding was acting as a support to the final structure and would have been removed once completed.

Supplier Form-Scaff has told the inquiry it only supplied the scaffolding and had no role in the design of the project.

A number of legal representatives of those who were injured in the collapse are present today.

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