PICS | Wall collapse at Ballito construction site kills four, injures one

Police in KwaZulu-Natal have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a wall that fell on five construction workers at a site on Zen Drive in Ballito, Durban, on Saturday.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said initial information indicates that 14 construction workers were building a gabion retaining wall at the bottom of an escarpment when the wall collapsed, burying five workers underneath.

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A search and rescue team, comprising police and private entities, managed to rescue all five workers, but four were declared dead at the scene.

One worker was found alive approximately six hours after the wall collapsed.

Netshiunda said inquest dockets have been opened for investigation, and the circumstances leading to the wall’s collapse are also under police investigation.

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