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 Two dead, nearly 20 injured after balcony collapse
Flin
 Posted: Dec 17 2017, 08:20 AM
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Two dead, nearly 20 injured after balcony collapse in Doncaster East
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Two people have died and 17 others were injured after a balcony collapsed in Doncaster East in Melbourne's north-east last night.

Emergency services were called to a house on Balinga Court in Doncaster East at about 10:30pm following reports of the collapse.

A 59-year-old woman died at the scene and a 37-year-old woman died in hospital this morning.

Seventeen other people were also taken to hospital with various injuries.

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he ABC understands more than 30 people were attending a Tupperware Christmas party at the house, and it is believed they were trying to take a photo at the time.

Acting Superintendent Kerin Moloney said it appeared to be an accident.

"This is a tragic incident that has been magnified by the fact we are only one week away from Christmas," he said.

State Health Commander Paul Holman said it was a chaotic scene that required a major emergency response.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-17/two-women-dead-after-balcony-collapse-melbourne-north-east/9266132

That is enough to ruin Christmas for those people. Sad.


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 Posted: Dec 17 2017, 10:03 AM
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Not that I like more regulation, but the balcony requirements on all buildings could do with another look. Even established balconies may need checking for safety. There have been quite a few balconies collapse over the last few years. Mind you, a bit of sense would go a long way too.
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 Posted: Dec 17 2017, 02:05 PM
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I have no idea what sort of balcony it was, or what the construction was, and, I've been on even old decks and balconies that will never collapse, but it does seem that a high percentage of collapses happens on added-on decks, especially home-built by amateurs (all due respect to the amateur home builders that do a perfect job!) I once saw a house that had back steps going down about 2.4m and, (get this!) the "support" brackets that the timber treads were supposed to be sitting on, were actually on the top, not supporting at all. (the treads were slowly pulling away!) http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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