The Malta Chamber of Commerce expressed its shock following the latest incident, which resulted in loss of life, following the collapse of the fourth building, due to excavation works taking place next door, in less than a year, in a press release on Tuesday. The Malta Chamber sent its sincere condolences to Mrs Miriam Pace’s husband, family and friends.
"This loss of life is an expression of injustice by those responsible for this killing. It is unacceptable that safety in one’s home is compromised in this brutal manner. The Malta Chamber has already, in the past called for a complete rehaul of the Building and Construction Industry" the statement said.
In its Economic Vision for Malta 2020-2025 which the Malta Chamber launched only two weeks ago, it put forward a number of recommendations for the injection of a serious dose of discipline, professionalism and responsibility into the Building and Construction Industry that was in dire need of an overhaul if it was to inspire the confidence the country deserves.
"The need for a complete and holistic reform of the Building and Construction Industry has reached a new high. Hence, the Malta Chamber, calls for all systems to be in place, for the Building Regulations to be launched without further delay, for enforcement to accept no tolerance and for the immediate resourcing of the long awaited Building and Construction Authority that was meant to have started operations at the end of last year" the Chamber said.
As it has done in the past, the Malta Chamber did not shy away from calling a spade a spade and recognised this latest episode for what it was – the failure of a poor building and construction industry systems which resulted in the unthinkable.
"It is amply evident to all that the current laws, regulations, and systems in place together with the supporting enforcement (or lack of it) are seriously falling short from ascertaining the safety of residents, third-party properties and the peace of mind of our people" the statement concluded.