Construction error led to collapse of stairs

13th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A construction error has been blamed for the collapse of the canal stairs in the Utrecht city centre on 6 August.

13 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — A construction error has been blamed for the collapse of the canal stairs in the Utrecht city centre on 6 August.

Some 20 people were injured when the stairs collapsed and a 30-year-old Utrecht man died several days later.

A commission investigating the incident on request from the Utrecht City Council said on Monday a serious error was made in the construction of the stairs in 1985.

But it said the maintenance of the stairs played no role in the tragedy.

The commission also said the construction error was not visible after completion of the stairs.

In assessing the application to build the stairs — which was lodged by an entertainment business — authorities primarily examined how the stairs would blend in with the historic area rather than the construction design itself.

But the commission was unable to answer questions why the stairs eventually collapsed after 20 years of use.

The report indicated that various council authorities could not agree whether the council was the owner of the stairs.

But the commission said the question of who was responsible for the maintenance of the stairs was of little importance.

It nevertheless said the council was ultimately the owner of the stairs.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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