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southafricalogoNews24 reports that an employee of Murray & Roberts who worked as an assistant to the construction manager when the Grayston bridge collapsed in 2015 declined to answer some of the questions put to him on Tuesday.  

He indicated at the Department of Labour inquiry that he did not want to incriminate himself.  Oliver Aadnesgaard, who had been a candidate engineer at the time of the collapse, testified that he did not know who designed and approved the drawings of the temporary structure, saying that the drawings had been supplied by FormScaff.  Aadnesgaard also indicated that the night before the tragedy, parts of the M1 freeway had been closed.  When asked by Commissioner Phumi Maphaha who authorised the reopening of the road the next day, Aadnesgaard declined to answer in case he incriminated himself.  Most of the questions posed to Aadnesgaard related to design, inspection and approvals.  Asked what caused the collapse, he said:  "I do not know."  He also could not recall if any inspections had been conducted on the day of the collapse.  Two people died and 19 were injured when the bridge collapsed in October 2015.

  • Read the original of this report by Vanessa Banton in full at News24

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