Second structure collapse at Auckland construction site


An Auckland construction site where several large concrete slabs collapsed had a scaffolding tower topple onto the road three months ago.

Gibson O’Connor Construction is building a new industrial development with five warehouses and offices at the Patiki Rd site in Avondale.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand said people were working on the site when the concrete slabs came down on November 1, but no one was injured.

This scaffolding fell onto Patiki Rd in September.

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This scaffolding fell onto Patiki Rd in September.

Worksafe was investigating the more recent incident after the construction company reported it, but the government agency had not been told about the scaffolding collapse in September.

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A Worksafe spokesperson said that while the concrete collapse was deemed not notifiable, the event triggered a visit to “ensure [Gibson O’Connor Construction is] managing health and safety on the site appropriately”.

The recent incident though wasn’t the first time a structure has collapsed on the site.

In September, a scaffolding tower fell onto the arterial route of Patiki Rd, affecting traffic.

The Worksafe spokesperson said they had no report about that incident, and if no one was hurt then it might not have needed to be reported.

Emergency services were called to the site when a concrete structure collapsed.

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Emergency services were called to the site when a concrete structure collapsed.

A witness said when the scaffolding tower fell, it created chaos.

“It fell right onto the street, and Patiki St is always busy,” he said.

“I didn’t see any emergency services but the workers did clear it up pretty quickly.”

The Gibson O'Connor site was a development of five warehouses and office in Avondale.

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The Gibson O’Connor site was a development of five warehouses and office in Avondale.

Another witness said the incidents were dangerous for workers on the site or those around it.

“There could be a lot of factors to why the incidents happened, like the strong winds but anyone could be walking or driving past and get hurt from falling objects – we never know,” he said.

Firefighters were not called to the scaffolding collapse in September, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said.

Questions sent to Gibson O’Connor Construction went unanswered.

Worksafe advised anyone with concerns for their safety at a workplace to contact them on 0800 030 040. Employees were able to make a report in confidence.



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