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Report out on preventing the collapse of RC structures during construction

11 February 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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DRAFT FEEDBACK REPORT ON AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ‘PREVENTING THE COLLAPSE OF REINFORCED CONCRETE (RC) STRUCTURES, SUPPORT WORK AND FORMWORK DURING
CONSTRUCTION’

WRITER/COPYRIGHT PROFESSOR JJ SMALLWOOD
DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT,
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY (NMMU)

The continuing occurrence of ‘collapses’, both in terms of structure, and support work and formwork, underscore the need for a proactive approach to the addressing of the phenomena. Furthermore, there are ‘better practice’ construction firms in South Africa that subscribe to the concept of continuous improvement and ‘better practice’, and hence their willingness to participate in the study reported on.

Factor analysis identified six groups of factors relative to the ‘importance of factors relative to preventing the collapse of RC structures during construction’ and five groups of factors relative to the ‘importance of factors relative to optimum support work and formwork, and the integrity of structures under construction’.

Conclusions include that competencies, design, registration of built environment professionals, hazard identification and risk assessments (HIRAs), supervision, quality management, H&S management, risk management, planning and H&S planning in various forms, integration of design and construction, and the construction work permit, are all important as clusters of factors, or individually, relative to preventing the collapse of RC structures during construction.

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