Sector Construction and service

Accident at The Hague Rijnstraat building site The Hague


The Dutch Safety Board has investigated an accident at the building site of the former VROM building in the city centre of The Hague. In the morning of 26 May 2016, twenty parts were loosened during the hoisting of scaffolding. These fell from over sixty meters high downwards and came partly outside the building site, in the middle of a pedestrian and bicycle traffic area. A woman who was passing by was hit and died.

Based on the investigation, the Dutch Safety Board proposes that municipalities, contractors and builders of extensive construction projects in busy city cities continually assess the safety of the environment. Especially on tight construction sites, enclosed by streets with many passages and traffic, there are more risks to the environment. When an accident occurs, there is more chance that this will also have its’ affect outside the building fence. The safeguarding of the environment in such projects, is therefore crucial. This can be a complex puzzle because safety measures affect other interests, such as the flow of traffic and accessibility of shops and buildings.


  • Start date 31 mei 2016
  • End date 26 apr. 2017
  • Type investigationFull
  • Status investigationClosed