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Poland is serious about building codes

Three men in Poland were arrested after investigations found that faulty design had contributed to the collapse of ...


Three men in Poland were arrested after investigations found that faulty design had contributed to the collapse of an exhibition hall in Katowice in January.
The International Hall collapsed in January this year, killing 65 people. Built in the year 2000, the facility was hosting an event for homing pigeon fanciers at the time, with approximately 500 people inside. The building’s roof was reportedly laden with up to 45 centimetres of icy snow, but some people in the hall suggested the ground beneath the hall first subsided.
Investigations showed that design errors had contributed to the tragedy, which prompted three days of national mourning in Poland.
The designers, aged 46, 48 and 69, were arrested in June on suspicion of endangering lives by failing to meet building codes.
The prime minister of Poland has promised to tighten building regulations and make it mandatory to clear ice and snow off roofs.