One killed in building collapse

HARARE - One builder was killed while three others were seriously injured when a building they were roofing in Harare collapsed yesterday.

Harare police spokesperson Tadious Chibanda confirmed the death of the worker.

He said investigations were underway to determine what caused the collapse.

The building is owned by Harare businessman Muhammad Mussa.

“The workers are employed by a local company called Grid and were doing renovations on Muhammad Wholesale when the building collapsed,” Chibanda said.

“Preliminary investigations suggest that the wall of the building was overpowered by the steel trusses, resulting in the collapse.

“One person died on spot while three others were seriously injured with one of them being in a critical condition.”

When the Daily News crew arrived at the scene of the accident yesterday afternoon, the deceased’s body was till there as police were waiting for pathologists and forensic investigators to conduct an examination before removing the body.

A team of inspectors from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) were at the site investigating what could have caused the collapse.

The death and injury of the workers comes as NSSA has raised complaints regarding the increase in accidents at workplaces. - Xolisani Ncube

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