Thursday, October 06, 2005

Police release identity of dead Spanish worker

* TGWU call for investigation

Europlaza Building construction site where a Spanish worker fell to his death yesterday - Photo courtesy of
Gibraltar Police has released the identity of the Spanish construction worker who plunged to his death in a fatal accident in a building site on Tuesday.

A Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) spokesman said:

“At 17.17hrs on October 4th 2005, a fatal accident occurred at the construction site of Euro Plaza, when an employee of Entrecanales y Tavora (Gibraltar) Ltd fell from the 12th floor of the said building.

The body of Mariano Gallego Rodriguez of Plaza Santa Teresa de Jesus, 11/7c, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, DOB: 15/3/55, was found lying on the 2nd floor landing of the said building.

Emergency services and the Safety Officer were soon at the scene of the accident.

The Coroner was contacted and later attended the mortuary. Representatives of the company were also in attendance.

Initial enquiries revealed that the deceased had been in the process of stepping onto a 12th floor window ledge from an exterior mobile cradle, when he fell between a two-foot gap between the cradle and the building.

A Forensic Medical Examiner attended and pronounced life extinct and the body was transferred to St Bernard’s Mortuary, awaiting a subsequent post mortem.

The family of the deceased were informed and later attended. The body has now been released to the family for burial.”

Safety Legislation must be adhered to, says Union

Meanwhile the TGWU/ACTS yesterday called for an investigation into the accident and expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased.

Branch Officer Charles Sisarello said:

“We are extremely concerned with the situation that is developing in many building sites in Gibraltar. Although there is legislation on health and safety, on many occasions this is not adhered to by employers.

The Union will be seeking a full investigation into the matter to know exactly what happened that led to this unfortunate accident. We will assist the family in whatever means at our disposal.

We will also be working together with the Spanish Unions as the deceased was employed by a Spanish sub-contractor Indecor, for Nesco the main contractor.

The TGWU insists that the Health and Safety legislation be adhered to and zero tolerance on risk at the workplace is maintained. We will work together with all concerned so that this kind of accident does not occur again.”

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05 October 2005 - Spanish worker dies in fall from Europlaza building


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