From Building networks
What is the point in investigation into disasters? A Royal Commission is set up, time and money invested in getting to the bottom of what went wrong. Media reports sensationalise the issues and initiate a witch hunt of their own. The personal stress for those involved cannot be quantified and all for what?
The point of it all is prevention. We hope we will learn something and prevent that disaster from happening again….. But a report is one thing – action is entirely another. Too many reports end up on shelves and in due course nothing really has changed and the disaster is just sitting and waiting to happen again.
In the meantime the potential disaster lurks underneath our noses…
I attended a meeting recently with some Cantabrians who refused to go to a coffee shop (in another town) because they had heard it was the “most earthquake prone building” in that town… I can’t blame them for being cautious but I really had to ask the question – why is the coffee shop still open if its that bad. Other people dining there were at risk every day… Did they know this? What will change and when? What guts and $$$ does it take to enforce this kind of action around NZ? What is the impact of closing numerous businesses down in this economy?
All good questions that take a lot of thinking to answer… Come along to our Building Compliance Conference and hear for yourself from Simpson Grierson on how the findings of the Royal Commission will affect you and the building stock you look after. More info HERE