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Tue 16 Mar 2010 12:14 PM

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Construction mistakes blamed for fatal wall collapse

Three workers died and another was injured when wall fell on top of them.

Construction mistakes have been blamed for a wall collapse which killed three workers and injured another at a building site in Dubai, officials said. Dubai Municipality said an investigation has been launched into the incident in Al Mizhar-1, in which three Indian men, aged between 35 and 45, died.

Marwan Abdullah Mohammed, head of the Engineering Supervision Section, said initial indications suggested the wall collapsed because of “very basic mistakes by the contractor and the consultant while executing their job.”

He said bricks were used as a foundation for the concrete wall against engineering norms, and there was no additional support for the wall.

“After providing the foundations of the wall no construction strengthening points were given and there was also lack of alternative support throughout the length of the collapsed wall.

“In addition to that no concrete columns were provided on the sides of the wall, which caused the occurrence of collapse,” he said.

“The contractor put sand behind the wall, which resulted in the pressure from that side. The wall could not take the pressure from the side.

“There was also lack of adequate supervision by the contractor and the consultant to ensure the safety of work and labourers,” he added.

Mohammed urged all contractors to follow the correct construction processes.

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