Sticking to the Specification

Four people were confirmed dead, after a six-storey building under construction collapsed in Nairobi in June 2011.The incident saw the six floors of the building collapse in what was alleged to be the use of substandard materials in its construction.

Terry Deacon, eNews editor, visited Nairobi towards the end of June and took the above photograph of a building under construction. The entire supporting scaffolding comprised of wooden sticks, not steel acroprops as one would expect.

Many years ago, while in Mumbai, India, Terry took the below photo of a 8-storey high bamboo scaffolding which was bulging at the bottom under the load.

The Architectural Association of Kenya has proposed new measures to attempt to bring back sanity to the construction industry. But the building inspectors just need to enforce the current regulations to make a massive and immediate difference. When will we ever learn from disasters arising from these dangerous practices?

ProjectPro will be publishing a series of photographs in subsequent ProjectPro eNews showing some astounding safety transgressions.

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