The two men photographed in a viral picture from a construction site have been identified, with authorities confirming they’ve since spoken to the pair in question.
OHSA, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority, said that though no information on when or where the image had been taken, they were able to identify the site in question and people in the picture.
Without confirming whether any rules were broken, they said that they would continue with their actions in this regard, TVM reported.
The image, which shows a man holding another man on a form of safety leash. The second man is on all fours, leading many to make comparisons with a dog on a leash. The man is working on a balcony without any sides or barriers.
The image quickly went viral around Malta this week.
Lovin Malta spoke to a construction site manager about the safety harness.
While confirming that such harnesses do exist and can be used, he said that he had rarely, if ever, used one as seen in the picture above, preferring to use other methods to protect workers safety.
When it comes to reporting irregularities, OHSA urged the public to contact them first when seeing anything of the sort, noting that posting images on social media doesn’t help them stop or avoid potentially dangerous situations.
In 2020, OHSA carried out 5,000 on-site inspections into irregularities. Around 2,000 orders for changes to be carried out were issues, while 500 work activities were halted and 300 fines handed out.
If you would like to report a potential irregularity to OHSA, please contact them on 124 7677 or 9949 6786 after working hours