Deadly South Africa building collapse investigated
November 20, 2013 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
- At least one person is dead after a roof collapsed at a construction site in South Africa
- Police say 30 people have been injured and three people are missing
- South Africa's Department of Labour is investigating the "calamitous accident"
- It has sent a high-level delegation to the scene of the collapse, in Tongaat township
(CNN) -- South Africa's Department of Labour is visiting the site of Tuesday's roof collapse near the eastern city of Durban, in which at least one person died and 30 people were injured.
The collapse occurred at a construction site in the township of Tongaat about 4:30 p.m. local time, at the end of the working day and after many workers had left.
Police said one woman was confirmed dead at the scene and three people remained unaccounted for.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and expressed confidence an investigation into its cause would be quickly carried out.
A building in Tongaat, South Africa, collapsed on Tuesday, November 19, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more. Rescue teams rushed to the scene to help construction workers who were trapped beneath the rubble.
South African building collapse
40 feared trapped in building collapse
South Africa construction collapse
In a statement describing the collapse as "calamitous," the Department of Labour said its acting director, deputy director of inspection and enforcement and the commissioner for its Compensation Fund were visiting the site.
The South African Press Association (Sapa) said the search and rescue operation had been called off so that the department could move some of the rubble.
It quoted a police spokeswoman as saying it was possible that more people were trapped in the debris.
Speaking from the scene Tuesday, Crisis Medical operations director Neil Powell told CNN the construction work had been taking place beside a shopping mall.
"It's unknown exactly what caused the collapse. There was a large amount of scaffolding and cement foundation that collapsed onto some of the construction workers," Powell said.
He said those taken to a hospital for treatment had suffered injuries ranging from moderate to critical.
Part of complete coverage on
December 8, 2013 -- Updated 1916 GMT (0316 HKT)
Given the New York train derailment, are we approaching a time when machines should be powering our methods of travel forward?
November 18, 2013 -- Updated 1358 GMT (2158 HKT)
At least 27 people were killed when a cargo train slammed into two cars south of Cairo.
November 23, 2013 -- Updated 1743 GMT (0143 HKT)
Latvia's president has described the deadly collapse of a supermarket roof in Riga as "basically mass murder" of defenseless citizens.
October 19, 2013 -- Updated 2304 GMT (0704 HKT)
At least 80 people were injured when a train crashed in a Buenos Aires station.
November 20, 2013 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
South Africa's Department of Labour is visiting the site of aroof collapse near the eastern city of Durban, in which at least one person died and 30 people were injured.
September 30, 2013 -- Updated 0828 GMT (1628 HKT)
Authorities say they now know what may have caused a five-story building in Mumbai to collapse: a decorator who removed a central wall and supporting beams without permission.
September 19, 2013 -- Updated 0057 GMT (0857 HKT)
Frantic cries from passengers didn't prevent an Ottawa double-decker bus from plowing into a moving train.
July 30, 2013 -- Updated 2103 GMT (0503 HKT)
The driver of a train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, was on the phone with railway staff when the train crashed.
July 30, 2013 -- Updated 1038 GMT (1838 HKT)
Two commuter trains collided head-on in western Switzerland, injuring dozens, officials said.
July 11, 2013 -- Updated 0611 GMT (1411 HKT)
Canadian authorities have found evidence that a criminal act may have led to a train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed at least 15 people.
July 17, 2013 -- Updated 1319 GMT (2119 HKT)
See images of industrial incidents spanning modern history
July 31, 2013 -- Updated 1643 GMT (0043 HKT)
Equipment failure and human error likely caused propane tank cylinders to explode at a central Florida refilling plant.
July 29, 2013 -- Updated 2220 GMT (0620 HKT)
Row houses were reduced to rubble when an explosion rocked a Philadelphia neighborhood, sending at least eight people to hospitals.
June 14, 2013 -- Updated 2246 GMT (0646 HKT)
A Louisiana chemical plant exploded and caught fire, causing multiple injuries and forcing authorities to evacuate the surrounding area
June 28, 2013 -- Updated 1100 GMT (1900 HKT)
The fertilizer blamed for the massive explosion that devastated a Texas town in April was kept in wooden bins, in a wooden building, with no sprinklers nearby.
June 14, 2013 -- Updated 2117 GMT (0517 HKT)
Labor reform and change are next on the list for Savar, Bangladesh, after garment factory collapse kills more than 1,000 workers
May 15, 2013 -- Updated 1152 GMT (1952 HKT)
A city is in despair after many are killed in a garment factory collapse
May 16, 2013 -- Updated 1550 GMT (2350 HKT)
Two people died after a raised concrete walkway collapsed at a shoe factory warehouse in Cambodia
Today's five most popular stories