The Minister for Infrastructure Ian Borg has said that over 318 construction sites have continued operating in the last two days following the respective architects applying Article 26 of the Legal Notice. This certified that there was no danger to third party property adjacent to the site.
The Minister made this announcement during a news conference discussing developments in the Building and Construction Reform which was enforced on Tuesday. This reform follows a series of incidents where residential buildings adjacent to construction sites in Mellieha, Hamrun and Gwardamangia were damaged, allegedly due to negligence on the part of workers.
The Legal Notice has received criticism from concerned entities in the industry. Critics said that the legal notice violated existing rules and increased the confusion about responsibilities.
The Maltese Developers Authority has said that site managers representing the contractor on a construction site must be qualified technicians.
“Masons regularizing arrears”
Minister Borg explained that an opportunity will be given to masons to actively regularize their arrears. This he said would help those who are licensed but ‘were not regular in their payments.’ Borg also explained that work was ‘underway towards a contractors’ register through collaboration with the Malta Developers Association.’
He added that contractors would remain responsible for health and safety and for equipment used by workers on the construction site, including cranes.