Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Workman killed in Euro Plaza fall

Safety Inspectors Investigate

A Spanish construction worker plummeted to his death from one of the top floors at the Europlaza building yesterday.

The 50-year old man, who has not been identified but is believed to be from Jerez, appears to have slipped while stepping onto scaffolding at the start of his afternoon shift. The man fell into the interior podium of the building from a height of around 24 metres. Efforts were under way yesterday evening to contact his family.

There were conflicting reports at the scene as to which floor he fell from. The police said the 10th floor, while several workers said the 12th floor.

Shocked colleagues gathered at the base of the building as work was brought to a halt while police and government health and safety officials investigated the incident and spoke to site managers.

“I’m not sure what happened,” said one Spanish man. “It’s very hard to fall.”

He added that it was standard procedure for men working on the scaffolding to wear safety harnesses.

Entrecanales and Tavora (Gibraltar), the principal contractor carrying out the construction work on behalf of Pebble Properties, was asked to stop work at the site pending the outcome of the investigation.

Europlaza is situated adjacent to St Bernard’s Hospital in Europort. Completion of the apartments is due by the end of this year or early 2006.

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