Construction agency to enforce safe buildings regulations
The National Construction Authority yesterday said it will continue enforcing regulations to ensure health and safety are not compromised. Authority board member Stephen Kogi said health and safety are critical after poorly built flats collapsed and killed people in Nairobi. “We have been enforcing regulations, putting the famous X on dangerous buildings. We put down conditions that contractors have not met,” he said. Kogi spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre during an induction workshop for artisans. He said several unsafe buildings have been pulled down after the authority’s intervention. “We have been collaborating with counties, which is part of the authority’s mandate,” Kogi said. The forum discussed NCA’s role, artisan assessment, construction safety, health and avoiding disaster. In 2015, the authority found out that more than half of the buildings it inspected had violated regulations, risking the lives of thousands of people. NCA inspected 7,835 construction sites across the country and found that more than 5,000 buildings had violated regulations. Kogi said the authority in July suspended all building works in the country for projects that exceed excavations of 4.5 meters on health and safety grounds. The construction companies should have plans approved by structural engineers before being cleared.