The news reports there is a 30% chance of an earthquake (after shock) of 7.8 occurring in the next few days/weeks/months. This got me thinking…
- Who decides if a Wellington based school is checked for structural damage? Post Sunday night all schools appear to have been checked. Have they???
- Who does the check? I assume it must this be an engineer? (Will a builder or similar suffice?). Is this a formal (read LEGAL) process. I assume if it is not carried out by a qualified person the Principal is liable – under OSH legislation. What if the Principal just does a quick visual check?
- Who decides if a re check is required following an aftershock? What is the criteria for a recheck? If the aforementioned aftershock eventuated would schools be re checked?
- Has MoE issued guidelines with regard to the above and do these cover integrated and private schools? (given ownership of buildings is not MoE)