Four workers killed in Ballito construction collapse 

Four workers were killed in Ballito construction collapse. Images: SAPS  

Four workers killed in Ballito construction collapse 

Four construction workers were killed when a wall collapsed on Zen Drive in Ballito on Saturday. Here is the latest.

Four workers killed in Ballito construction collapse 

Four workers were killed in Ballito construction collapse. Images: SAPS  

Police reported that a wall collapse in Ballito killed four construction workers on Saturday.

THE FATAL COLLAPSE HAPPENED ON SATURDAY 

This happened at a construction site on Zen Drive in Ballito. 

“Information at police disposal at this stage indicates that fourteen construction workers were at the bottom of the escarpment building a gabion retaining wall when the wall collapsed and buried five workers underneath.” 

 Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda says. 

AUTHORITIES RESCUED FIVE WORKERS FROM THE RUBBLE 

He said the police’s search and rescue team, working with other private entities, managed to rescue all five victims. 

However four of them were certified dead at the scene.

Rescuers found one worker alive approximately six hours after the wall collapsed.

WHAT CAUSED THE WALL TO COLLAPSE? 

Netshiunda said police in KwaZulu-Natal have commenced investigations into the circumstances that led to the collapse of a wall. 

“Inquest dockets have been opened for investigation. Circumstances that led to the wall’s collapse also form part of police investigations.” 

This is the second major construction collapse in South Africa in the past month. 

ANOTHER DEVASTATING COLLAPSE HAPPENED IN GEORGE 

The devastating collapse in George killed 33 workers, and 19 workers are still unaccounted for.

The rescue and recovery operations for the building collapse site lasted 260 hours.

The George Municipality announced that the search and rescue efforts are completed.

Rescue teams have completed the search and rescue efforts in George

“Consequently, the site is classified as a crime scene and has officially been handed over for a formal investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS), who will hand it over to the Department of Labour and Employment for their formal investigation to be conducted.” 

The municipality said that based on information from the contractor on site, police, and other emerging external sources, including witness statements, the estimated number of individuals on-site during the incident amounted to approximately 81. 

“We are aware that as the incident unfolded, the numbers fluctuated. However, we can now officially confirm that with the rescue and recovery efforts now completed, only 62 individuals are accounted for.” 

Authorities are still accounting for 19 workers

Furthermore, it said the difference between the estimated number of people on site and the officially confirmed number can be attributed to the following:

“We found that some of the names on the contractor’s list were duplicated. Official investigations by SAPS confirmed that some of those on the contractor’s list were not at work on the day of the incident.” 

The municipality added that CCTV proved that some of those on the site left before the first responders reached the site, and to date, they have never reported their whereabouts.