Prime Minister suspends permits for demolition and excavation work
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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced that as by the Building Regulation Office, permits for demolition and excavation work will be temporarily suspended with immediate effect, following a number of accidents on construction sites.
He said that this is until legal changes come into force with clear regulations in order that everyone must comply with these rules.
The Prime Minister made the announcement following a meeting with stakeholders in the construction sector. He said the meeting focused on the necessary measures to be taken.
In cases where the stopping of demolition and excavation work may make the site dangerous, then the site architect must make a request to continue working with the Building Regulation Office (BRO).
The Prime Minister also announced that fines will go up for violators, from € 500 it will be increased to € 10,000. If a contractor continues to work, even after a stop notice is issued, then the fines will rise from € 1,200 to € 50,000.
He went on to explain that there must be an architect and / or site manager present where demolition and excavation work is ongoing to oversee decisions being made and the interpretation of the method statement for excavation and demolition. The work will not continue if they are not present.
The regulations will be published for public consultation on Monday and will end on Friday. The Prime Minister said that the Cabinet will then approve these regulations the following week.
Photograph: DOI/Pierre Sammut