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Speak to these two people to help you ensure your building has the right structural support

by , 25 September 2014
The Nigerian church collapse that happened on the 12th of September occurred during construction to add three stories to the existing two.

The Nigerian government still hasn't launched an investigation into the cause of the collapse so speculation is rife at this point.

Many people believe the collapse happened because the existing two stories couldn't handle the additional weight.

If you want to avoid a similar type of disaster, you must speak to these two people before you try adding additional storeys to your building...


These are the two people you must speak to before you add additional storeys to your building

Speak to a structural engineer and ask him about the kind of additional weight more stories add to a building. 
He can advise you, after assessing your building, on what kind of additional support structures you'll need to add in.
Also speak to your head contractor about adding in more supports and testing them to ensure they can withstand the weight they need to carry.
With the help and advice of these two people, you can easily follow this important rule.
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A structural engineer and head contractor will help you follow this important rule

The rule, is you must have adequate structural support to hold the weight of the building. 
A structural engineer and your head contractor can give you clear instructions on how to follow this rule. They can tell you where you need to put in supports, how to reinforce them and how many you'll need.
You can't begin the process of adding extra storeys without speaking to these two people because you don't have the knowledge to do this safely.
By speaking to these two you can add additional stories to your building without running the risk of a building collapse and suffer the same fate as they did in Nigeria. 

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Health & Safety Advisor.  It gives you tips, tools and advice to comply with the OHS Act and regulations.

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