Two-storey at Accra Regional hospital collapses on two workers

Two-storey at Accra Regional hospital collapses on two workers

- Two construction workers have been hospitalized after a building collapsed on them

- The two-storey building is located next to the Accra Regional Hospital

- Police and NADMO have cordoned off the place for investigations to begin

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Two persons are currently battling for their lives at the Greater Accra Regional hospital after part of a two-storey building they were working on caved-in.

The construction site within the Rev. Ernest Bruce Memorial Church premises at Adabraka has since been cordoned off by NADMO officials who have commenced investigations into the incident.

“This is a serious situation which exposed all workers here. We are investigating the structural purpose and strength of this building but in the moment, we have decided to cordon off the place,” he stated.

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Two-storey at Accra Regional hospital collapses on two workers

Two-storey at Accra Regional hospital collapses on two workers (Photos: Myjoyonline/modified by Arthur)
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The construction site within the Rev. Ernest Bruce Memorial Church premises at Adabraka has since been cordoned off by NADMO officials who have commenced investigations into the incident.

As Ghana’s land bank diminishes, there are calls for a vertical construction regime where high rise buildings and storey buildings will be the norm. In fact, the ministry of housing had earlier proposed some incentive to construction companies who adopt this sustainable form of building.

Some players in the housing sector are calling for a national policy on the adoption a green building concept which will see real estate developers use environment friendly and low-cost materials in the construction of houses.

So far, government has attributed the non-availability of housing units to the high cost of constructing such houses. But treasurer of the Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA), Samuel Tenkorang says this challenge can be resolved should real estate developers adopt environment friendly materials in the construction of housing units.

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To ensure safety of all public, residential and industrial buildings across the country, Government together with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has launched the Ghana Building Code. This code determines the standards required for all construction works. Vice president, Dr Bawumia, says the code will be a benchmark in ensuring value for more for all types of construction works in Ghana.

“Ghana Building Code should be a game changer as far as ensuring value for money in public construction is concerned. Once specifications for building in accordance with the standards are specified, it should be possible to have fairly accurate and meaningful cost for all types of construction in the country,” Dr. Bawumia stated.

The Building Code is a set of rules that specify the standards fro constructed objects such as building and non-building structures and which regulates the design and construction of these structures. It focuses on public health, safety and welfare of the users.

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It is also expected to streamline the construction industry through the channel of building professionals, developers and investors with common standards for public health, safety, fire protection, structural efficiency and environmental integrity.

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Speaking to Joy Business, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof. Alex Dodoo, intimated the new code, benchmarked against the Green Construction Code and the International Building Code, must serve as the benchmark for designers, regulators, safety instructors and other stakeholders in the building and safety industry.

“The code must protect the public from fire outbreak, structural collapse and general deterioration in our homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and places of entertainment,” he stated.

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Ghana’s Building Code (GhBC) GS 1207:2018 is modified from an existing International Building Code and lays down the essential requirements for building and structural conformity.

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The development of the Code was undertaken by GSA, for and on behalf of the Ministry of Works & Housing (MWH) with the support of the Swiss Government through the International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group, Ghana Office (IFC/WBG).

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