The Malta Independent 28 January 2023, Saturday
View E-Paper

MDA says ‘certification of contractors’ on the agenda

Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 15:00 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Malta Developers Association said that a system of certification of contractors is being discussed with the government.

The MDA issued a statement Tuesday following the collapse of a building under construction in Kordin on Saturday. One man died and five others were injured when the edifice crumbled.

On Monday, Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the government has carried out many reforms in this sector is planning more. "The country cannot tolerate a situation where anyone can decide to buy equipment, and from one day to the next become a contractor," Abela said, calling for more responsibility. He clarified that he was not necessarily referring to the building collapse in Kordin, as the magistrate still needs to determine what happened.

On Tuesday, the MDA said it is always in favour of having contractors, architects, and site officers taking responsibility for their actions.

“We reiterate that warranted professionals are duty-bound to oversee works being done and where they notice a deviation from the standard procedures, techniques and craftsmanship, they should stop the works immediately.

MDA said that the company doing the works at Kordin that day is not one of its members.

Over the past few months, MDA said has been in discussions with the Government so that a system of certification of contractors is introduced in our country, to give more assurance that whoever is working on a construction site has the necessary resources and capability to do this work.

  • don't miss