Church reiterates call for immediate action over construction site deaths

Nicole Borg

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Church in Malta lamented that the urgent calls for action in the wake of the death of Miriam Pace in her own home last March had gone unheeded after the latest construction site tragedy: the death of 32-year-old Sarjo Conteh in Cospicua last week.

In a statement, the Interdiocesan Environment Commission highlighted that over the past four months, the construction industry had claimed three more lives after Pace’s, highlighting an incident in Mġarr last April and another in Żabbar last June.

Conteh’s 35-year-old colleague Johann Ellul was left fighting for his life as a result of last week’s collapse. While the commission augured his swift recovery, it said that it united with various other organisations as well as the general public “who showed their anger at the lack of respect towards life and human dignity that exists within the industry.”

It appealed to the authorities to speed up procedures to ensure that justice would be served.

“Above all, the commission urges them to immediately, concretely and decisively introduce the necessary controls so that this bloody chapter – that brings us shame as a country that still values human life – is closed once and for all,” it concluded.