11:49 am, Monday 16 August, 2010
Nine construction workers have been injured on Saturday after the bridge in Canberra they were working on partially collapsed.
The nine workers were taken to the hospital, although their injuries were described as non-life threatening.
Concrete was being poured on a span of bridge over the Barton Highway. It was closed to traffic when the incident occurred.
ACT WorkCover is investigating the bridge collapse.
According to ACT Roads spokesman Tony Gill, the road can be reopened when the debris is cleared away.
“Our initial advice is that it could take up to two weeks before we are in a position to remove the debris and get the road open for public use,” Mr Gill said.
“We are getting an independent engineer’s report just to get an understanding of how the bridge collapsed and secondly we need to engage a demolition contractor to remove the debris.
“But we also have to make sure it is safe for that demolition contractor to go in and remove the debris.”
In light of the incident, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is calling for work in formwork structures to be halted on certain sites.
“We will be conducting inspections of the formwork and safety procedures throughout Canberra,” CFMEU’s Dean Hall said.
ACT WorkSafe’s Mark McCabe believes it is not necessary to stop work in construction sites.
“I would certainly think that all businesses should be having a good look at that kind of work before they proceed,” he said.
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