How many more lives have to be lost before action is taken? – Miriam Pace’s daughter

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

How many more lives have to be lost before action is taken, Miriam Pace’s daughter, Ivana Portelli, asked following the death of a construction worker after a boundary wall collapsed at a construction site in Bormla as excavating works were ongoing.

Miriam Pace, 54, was killed after her house which was adjacent to a construction site, collapsed in Ħamrun last March.

On Thursday, a 32-year-old construction worker from Gambia who was working on the site at that time, died after a boundary wall collapsed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His co-worker, a 35-year-old man of Valletta is in critical condition.

Writing on Facebook, Portelli expressed her sympathies, however, remarking that she was not surprised adding that nothing has changed over the past months. Portelli noted that the public feared that they would go through a similar tragedy.

Portelli reiterated the family’s call for a public inquiry into the incident. She added that the death of her mother should have been a wake up call to prevent similar incidents in the future. It is clear that there is something inherently wrong in the system and that these shortcomings need to be addressed, she wrote.

B'dispjacir kbir nuri s-simpatija mal-vittma u l-qraba tieghu. Però sfortunatament mhux qed nhossni sorpriza li regghet…

Posted by Ivana Portelli on Thursday, July 23, 2020