The necessary permits – BCA – were missing for work on the Sliema site

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Erika Lanzafame

Renovation work at a property in Sliema where a roof collapsed on Saturday, killing a 51-year-old man and injuring another, lacked the necessary permits, the Building and Construction Authority said.

In a brief statement after Saturday’s tragedy in which an Albanian was killed under the rubble in St. Ignatius Street, the BCA said it had immediately started an investigation into the case in which the work was carried out.

The investigation found that work carried out within the property lacked the necessary Planning Authority approval as the application was still pending with the planning watchdog.

It follows that, as the application had not yet been approved, the BMA had not yet issued any approvals.

“That is why the works were carried out without a permit,” the BCA said.

On Saturday, two Albanian nationals living in Ħaż-Żebbuġ, a 31-year-old and a 51-year-old, were caught under the rubble after the roof collapsed. The 31-year-old managed to fight his way out of the collapsed area.

However, the 51-year-old was found buried under the rubble by rescuers.

Sliema roof collapses: worker killed as another was rushed to hospital

No injuries were reported on Friday when a number of bricks fell from a building block under construction and landed on the road in St. Paul’s Bay. This incident was the latest in a series of accidents that contradicted repeated commitments by the government and authorities on construction safety reforms.

A video taken by a passerby shows the aftermath of the incident, revealing damage to the rear of a vehicle parked in front of the building. In addition, images show that a driver of another vehicle collided with the fallen debris.

The accident took place on Triq San Pawl, a busy road in St Paul’s Bay, just a short distance from the sea. In the video, pedestrians can be seen lining the road, highlighting the potential danger of the falling rocks.

A section of a wall at the construction site reportedly collapsed on a car, prompting the Building and Construction Authority to quickly issue a stop work notice in the aftermath of the incident.