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Shattered glass bridge was 1.2cm thick, say Indonesian police

ANN/JAKARTA POST – The Banyumas City Police in Central Java, Indonesia, found that the glass flooring of a bridge that shattered at a tourist spot in the Limpakuwus pine forest last Wednesday was extremely thin, measuring just 1.2 centimetres.

Head of the criminal investigation unit Commissioner Agus Supriadi at the Banyumas City Police, said in addition to the thin glass layer, the onsite investigation had found potential negligence by the management of the bridge at The Geong tourist attraction. “The workers who conducted the testing lacked expertise in construction. They relied on their experience in the tourism industry,” he said.

The investigators found that the bridge had not been properly maintained and that there had been no safety testing.

Additionally, there were no safety nets around the bridge, no warning signs and no safety instructions. The ticket attendants also lacked knowledge of visitor safety procedures.

The accident took place last Wednesday, resulting in one death and one injury when the glass bridge shattered beneath a group of visitors.

Investigators inspect the glass bridge in Central Java, Indonesia. PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST