Building tips over in Shanghai
On the morning of June 27 2009, an unoccupied building still under construction at Lianhuanan Road in the Minhang district of Shanghai city ,China toppled over. One worker was killed.
I live in the other side of town (20KM + away) but the we had to go take a close look. We knocked on some kind chinese doors and asked to use their ballcony. Some funny conversations were going on with them.
All neighbours claim to be woken up from a noise and a shake stronger then an earthquake.
According to information, a 70 meter section of the flood prevention wall in nearby Dianpu River and that may have something to do with this building collapse.
This is the same Shanghai city, the pyramid of Chinese modernization, the city that will host the world Expo in around 500 days.
China daily:Improper construction methods are believed to be the reason of last Saturday's building collapse in Shanghai, according to a report from the investigation team. The investigation team's report said that workers dug an underground garage on one side of the building while on the other side earth was heaped up to 10 meters high, which was apparently an error in construction, according to a report on eastday.com, Shanghai's official news website. "Any construction company with common sense would not make such a mistake," said an expert from the investigation team.
Earlier this week, there were also reports saying that cracks on the flood-prevention wall near the building, as well as the special geological condition in the water bank area, may be part of the reason for the collapse. "These factors are not the basic reason of this accident," said the expert.
Nine people linked to the building collapse, including the real estate developer, contractor and the supervisor for the project, have been put "under appropriate control", said the official Xinhua News Agency Sunday evening.
SCMP:An official investigation into the collapse of an unfinished building in Shanghai has said that the accident was due to the construction company's "ignorance", rather than flaws in the design or building materials. However, the report stopped short of apportioning blame, and has been criticised for failing to address key issues.
Huang Rong , director of the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communications Council, said inspections had shown that none of the remaining 10 apartment blocks was in immediate danger. "The surrounding buildings are now stable," he said. "The safety inspection of these homes will be the second phase of our professional team's work."
Jiang Huancheng , an architect and a lead investigator for the report, said it had been an "enormous shock" to see the site for the first time. "In my 46 years in the industry, I have never seen or heard of this," he said. "To put it simply this was ignorance leading to rashness. We need to take this accident as an important lesson ... and ensure that it does not happen again."
Several days before the release of the report, Wu Hang , Mr Jiang's assistant, accused the construction company of incompetence and lacking "common sense". Mr Wu said the investigation had found there had been no structures to support the walls of the car park pit, and this had been a key factor contributing to the accident.
The poor construction workers that probably have no clue in engineering and only follow their orders were lucky that it all happened an hour or so before they started working and there lives were saved