The Malta Independent 23 August 2019, Friday

Safety must come before profit, Partit Demokratiku says

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 16:13 Last update: about 5 months ago

Partit Demokratiku today noted the increasing number of building accidents and calls for increased resources to be put towards enforcement of health and safety standards and for the government to change course towards a more sustainable construction industry, which puts quality over quantity in all aspects.

Referring to a report by the NGO, Sustainable Built Environment Malta, Partit Demokratiku notes that the short term planning of this administration is going to have serious long term consequences in every respect, not least of all as regards safety. Short sighted decisions as regards building materials has led to problems with Mater Dei and the ultimate cost is higher than the necessary investment for quality in the initial stages.

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Is the government going to routinely check the state of buildings built with sub-par concrete, or will we only wake up when the first major accident happens in 30 years? Are we going to enforce testing for the durability of potentially defective concrete?" asks Secretary General and MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott.

"Are we going to enforce higher standards in construction itself to prevent further disasters as we have been seeing, with people injured and private property destroyed?" asks MEP candidate Dr Anthony Buttigieg.

Partit Demokratiku said it will continue to put people before profit, and aim for a sustainable economy which puts quality of living for all as the first priority.

 

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