The Malta Independent 21 May 2024, Tuesday
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BCA team to investigate structure where collapsed roof caused worker’s death

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 09:59 Last update: about 27 days ago

A Building and Construction Authority team will be investigating the “dangerous” structure part of which collapsed last Saturday, killing Albanian worker Bari Balla, aged 51.

In a statement Wednesday, the BCA said that from initial investigations it resulted that there were no pending or approved aplications for any work to be carried out on the prperty in St Ignatius Street, Sliema.

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Last Saturday, a ceiling collapsed, killing Balla and injuring a second worker.

The incident led to the setting up of a magisterial inquiry and, from the initial inspections, it results that the property is in a dangerous state and this could have an impact on third party property.

The BCA said it had requested the inquiring magistrate to be authorised to have access to the property to carry out the necessaru investigations as well as to remove any danger to third parties and the general public.

This request has been accepted and the BCA will be appointing an arcvhitect, contractor, site technical officer, licensed mason and health and safety officer to carry out this task, under the monitoring of the expert appointed by the magistrate.

The BCA said it will not be commenting any further on the incident, given that the magisterial inquiry is ongoing. 

 

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