Two people assigned to do nine different jobs between them, no monthly health and safety audits and work being carried out allegedly without the engineer's approval - these were some of the contraventions during construction of the
This was heard during the testimony of safety consultant
The mall was being built by Gralio Precast on land owned by
His former wife, Shireen Annamalay, and his son Ravi Jagadasan are the directors of Gralio. Jagadasan is the sole director of Rectangle Property.
The mall collapsed last November, resulting in the deaths of two people, and injury to 29 others.
The eThekwini Municipality alleged in court papers that the mall was being built without approved plans, and stop work notices and an interim interdict to halt construction were ignored.
Commissioner Phumudzo Maphaha said there had been "challenges" in the management and supervision of the site after Naidoo testified that engineer
Naidoo, who is still studying for a diploma in civil engineering, testified that Freyssinet had been contracted to supply and install cables in the post tension slabs. The cables are installed and stress-tested before the concrete is poured for the slab.
He said he inspected the cables before the concrete could be poured. However, Maphaha noted that Ballack had not signed to indicate his approval on most of Naidoo's inspection sheets.
Naidoo said Ballack was not always present during his inspections and therefore did not sign. Maphaha responded: "Is it not common practice in the industry that if the engineer is not there, you cannot continue?"
Naidoo replied that Ballack could have been on the site before or after him to carry out his inspections. Van Zyl testified that he was hired by Singh last August to assist Gralio's safety officer because there had been "issues" and the
He said he had redone the appointment letters for the staff in August.
Maphaha said some of the appointment letters were invalid because foreman Pillay had six different job descriptions including being a scaffolding installer, inspector and a welder, aside from being the "boss on site".
He also said that Prashalen Gounder, who testified on Wednesday that he was the project's brickworks supervisor, was also named as a machinery and excavation supervisor.
Van Zyl said he had advised Gralio that it was against regulations to have one person appointed for more than two jobs, but they had told him to fill out the appointment letters according to their instructions. He also admitted that there had been no monthly safety audits which were required by the legislation.
"They relied on you as the expert on safety. Why did you not tell that another person was required to carry out audits? Is that not your failure?"
Van Zyl said he had told site manager
The inquiry continues today.
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