Government lifts Europlaza work ban
Government safety inspectors yesterday lifted a work ban imposed on the builders of Europlaza after a Spanish construction worker fell to his death on October 4th.
The ban, officially known as a Prohibition Notice, meant construction work at the site had been stopped for over two weeks. Only work aimed at improving safety measures was allowed. But yesterday officials from the Factories Inspectorate partially lifted the Prohibition Notice.
The contractor, Entrecanales and Tavora (Gibraltar) Ltd, will now be permitted to continue work on the interior of the building, though not on its exterior facade.
Mariano Gallego Rodriguez, 50, of Plaza Santa Teresa de Jesus, 11/7c, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, died after falling from a height of 24 metres. According to a police statement, he fell as he stepped onto a 12th floor window ledge from an exterior mobile cradle. The matter is under investigation by the Coroner and an inquest will be held in due course.
Mr Gallego worked for a Spanish company subcontracted by Entrecanales y Tavora (Gibraltar), the principal contractor carrying out the construction work on behalf of the developer Pebble Properties.
The Chronicle tried to contact Entrecanales y Tavora (Gibraltar) several times yesterday but no one could be reached for comment.
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