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11.09.2015 Social News

Engineers inspect Bunso canopy walkway

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Bunso (E/R), Sept. 11, GNA - The Ghana Institute of Engineers and the Global Health and Safety Solutions Group have inspected the refurbished canopy walkway at the Bunso Arboretum Ecotourism Centre to ascertain its strength and quality for public use.

The engineers inspected the five bridges, including a section which recently lowered down, to ensure that such incident did not occur again.

During the celebration of the Republic Day on July 1 this year, 21 tourists who had gone to the Arboretum Centre were involved in an accident and sustained various degrees of injuries when one of the canopy walkways lowered down from the height of 35 metres.

A committee formed by the Eastern Regional Minister to look into the accident recommended the closure of the facility and tasked the Institute of Engineers and the Ghana Standards Authority to supervise the rehabilitation and certification of the facility for public use.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the inspection, Mr Ben Richard Aniagyei from the Ghana Institute of Engineers said the team had pointed out a number of areas that required improvement.

He said they had requested for information on the strength of cables used as well as test certificate of cable specification from manufacturers from the facility owners.

He said they would come out with the required equipment to test the materials used.

Mr Patrick Cudjoe of the Global Health and Safety Solutions Group, advised the Arboretum owners to reinforce the platforms and double the anchor ropes which hold the bridges to the trees.

He called for the numbering of the U-clips for easy identification during maintenance and checks.

Mr Philip Appiah Danso, Manager of Bunso Arboretum Ecotourism Centre, thanked the engineers and said measures would be put in place to correct all anomalies identified.

He expressed the hope that the facility would be certified and would be in full operation soon for public use.

He also assured all tourists that such an incident would not occur again.


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