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If you ever have to live through a Tongaat-Mall-type investigation, prepare yourself for these four questions

by , 29 July 2014
The investigation into the collapse of the Tongaat Mall is still going on. And it's recently come to light that the cause of the collapse was weak support structures.

This is because the head contractor didn't do any strength of concrete testing on these pillars. The contractors literally had no idea the pillars wouldn't support the building.

If you ever find yourself in a Tongaat-Mall-type investigation, you must prepare yourself for some tough questions. Particularly these four...

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The DoL is asking some tough questions about the Tongaat Mall collapse 

 
Throughout the investigation, the DoL has asked some tough questions to get to the bottom of the collapse.
 
Recently, they directed their questions at Ronnie Pillay, a foreman at Gralio Precast (Pty) Ltd. As the head contractor in charge of construction, it was his job to ensure the mall was structurally sound.
 
Because he didn't do a strength or hardness testing on the support pillars, the DoL wants to know why.
 
So if you ever find yourself in the hot chair that Phillay is in now, prepare yourself for these four questions...
 

Prepare yourself for these four questions if you find yourself in the hot seat

 
1. Why didn't you do any strength of concrete tests on the support pillars?
2. Whose responsibility was it to ensure someone tested the pillars?
3. What are your procedures around strength testing for support structures?
4. Why didn't you follow up on these tests before you let the building continue?
 
If you can't answer any of these questions, it shows negligence. It's your duty as a head contractor to ensure the durability of the concrete support structures.
 
So ensure you do all the correct tests first to prevent any accidents. But if something does go wrong, be sure you can answer these four questions.
 
 
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