Con­struc­tion agency to en­force safe build­ings reg­u­la­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

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.

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