A man was left shocked twice over when driving through Gzira this afternoon, as pipes tumbled from a crane right onto his car and the contractor brushed off the incident.
“I was driving through Empire Stadium Street when a stack of plastic pipes fell onto the arch of my car door,” Ben Pace told Lovin Malta. “Luckily, my car only suffered a few dents and scratches but it was only a few inches away from hitting my windscreen. Can you imagine what would have happened if someone was walking through that area or driving a convertible car?”
The construction workers weren’t wearing any protective clothing Photo: Ben Pace
Pace said he called the police as well as the health and safety inspectors, after noting a number of irregularities on the construction site.
“The pipes weren’t even tied up as they were carried up the building in a container used to carry cement, the workers weren’t wearing protective clothing or hard hats, and the crane didn’t even have a Planning Authority permit,” he said. “The road should clearly have been closed off to traffic.”
The pipes weren’t tied up as they were carried to the top of the building. Photo: Ben Pace
However, it was the response of the contractor – whose name he can’t recall – which left him stunned.
“The contractor simply told me he almost died three times but never made a fuss, right in front of the police officers and health and safety inspectors,” Pace said. “This shows the level we are at – where some people can jut do whatever they please.”
This is the second reported construction accident in Gzira in as many weeks, after bricks from a crane fell through the roof of a clothes shop in Rue d’Argens while staff and clients were inside.