Jordan Gate death probe focuses on concrete pour

Partially completed slab was still under construction at the time of fatal collapse, says consultant

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By  Sean Cronin and Conrad Egbert Published  September 23, 2006

The balcony slab that collapsed killing three construction workers on the Jordan Gate project last week was still being poured at the time of the accident. Earlier speculation on the cause of the collapse centred on the scaffolding that had been erected around the balcony. But Construction Week has learned that a concrete pump was at work when the slab collapsed, killing three and injuring at least 24 other workers. UAE-based Al Hamad Contracting is the main contractor on the project, which is being promoted by a consortium of Gulf investors. A senior source at project consultant, Consolidated Consultants, said that a possible cause for the collapse was the vibrations caused to the supporting formwork and scaffolding, which may have been generated by the concrete pump. He said: “The slab was under casting at the time this happened – the concrete had not been cast and cured. “The vibration that is caused by the concrete pump at those heights, with the load of the hose, may have impacted on the side of the formwork.” The source added that an investigation was underway and that a definitive reason had not been established. “Nobody has been allowed to reach the scene of the incident and it has only been possible to make some observations at a distance.” Shawkat Sahawneh, administration manager, Al Hamad Contracting, said: “A slab measuring 7m by 3m fell from about 20m high. It was a slab that was part of the side of the building.” In a statement, the company said: “While the workers on the Jordan Gate project were constructing the fifth floor ceiling of the hotel building, the wooden scaffolding started shaking, causing the concrete to collapse. Workers who were above the area fell through the ceiling.” The US $300 million (JOD212 million) Jordan Gate is being developed by Bahrain’s Gulf Finance House in partnership with Kuwait Finance and Investment Company and the Greater Amman Municipality. A government committee established by the Ministry of Interior was due to report its findings on the collapse by this weekend.

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