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The Foreigner Norway police to press charges following fatal Trondheim bridge accident. Scaffolding company indicted in mid-Norway E6 road bridge construction accident, procedural deficiencies alleged. Subcontractors Master Solutions face criminal proceedings in connection with the deaths of two persons after a several hundred-ton bridge collapsed earlier this month. The accident, which occurred at about 2.30pm in the Leangen area, happened in connection with filling support pillars with concrete that were due to be erected. Several other people were injured.

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Norway police to press charges following fatal Trondheim bridge accident

Published on Friday, 31st May, 2013 at 14:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Scaffolding company indicted in mid-Norway E6 road bridge construction accident, procedural deficiencies alleged.



Subcontractors Master Solutions face criminal proceedings in connection with the deaths of two persons after a several hundred-ton bridge collapsed earlier this month.

The accident, which occurred at about 2.30pm in the Leangen area, happened in connection with filling support pillars with concrete that were due to be erected. Several other people were injured.

“The indictment is raised on the basis of police having conducted further investigations in the case. This type of offence carries a jail term of up to three years,” Aage Sander Midling, Sør-Trondelag District police prosecutor told NRK.

Main construction company Reinertsen, carrying out the project for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Vegvesenet), conducted its own investigation together with independent research organization SINTEF.

At today’s press conference, Reinersten personnel said it believed support structure failures were the reason for the collapse.

Using a digital reconstruction, tests were run regarding the load at the time of the accident, TV2 reported.

It was found an insufficient number of scaffold crossbars were put in, designed to support and reinforce the construction.

This reduced the structure’s load-bearing capacity beyond what it was designed for, writes NRK.

“The construction should have withstood six tons [of load] per square metre, but the bridge collapsed when subjected to a reached 2.9 tons due to the lack of diagonal scaffold crossbars,” said the head of Reinertsen's internal investigation team, Morten Bjerkås.

Kristian Reinertsen, whose company NPRA officials have criticised for their construction methods regarding other bridge building projects, added “We cannot comment on whether this [support structure deficiency] is due to human error.”

“The police's investigation is still on-going and this will determine any question of guilt.” The firm is currently changing how it performs its tasks involving bridge concrete work.

Scaffolders Master Solutions rebuff Mr Reinertsens remarks, saying they believe other additional factors must have played a part in the accident.

“We don’t accept the explanation that the [support] framework was wrongly-erected and that this is the sole cause of the accident. We believe deficiencies in the ground underneath due to frost (tele) may also have been a contributing factor,” company managing director Levin Sverre Nesvold declared.



Published on Friday, 31st May, 2013 at 14:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: trondheimbridgecollapse, norwayaccident, missingperson, injuries.





  
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