A piece of concrete fell from the top floor of the Godfrey James Building (formerly old NIS building) on High Street, Castries this morning. Luckily no one was in the immediate vicinity at the time.
The three-story building is maintained by the National Insurance Property Development & Management Company (NIPRO), a subsidiary of the National Insurance Corporation.
Investigations have revealed that the collapse was caused by water entering the cantilever, which separated a small piece of concrete from the reinforcement steel, said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NIPRO Jerome Jules in an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
Jules said he received the report of the fallen concrete at about 10 a.m., but the incident may have occurred earlier.
The CEO said “regular inspections” are carried out on the building but the fault would not have been obvious during inspection.
He said while permanent repairs are being planned, a safety net or some form of device will be placed under the damaged cantilever later today or tomorrow to catch debris.
Jules said he is strongly aware of the public safety concerns and is working to resolve the matter very soon.