Accountability at the building site

On today's Times of Malta 23rd. March 2006 we find a very interesting article by Professor Lino Briguglio (click here for his bio) where he comments on the upcoming new laws and regulations to bring contractors and developers in line vis-a'-vis accountability in matters regarding any damages, and the over all cleanliness of the building sites around the island. The full text can be read here.

The article ends with the words:
"A problem often encountered by residents affected by the development is that most property developers engage many sub-contractors, with some being less considerate than others, so that when one asks the developer to be more careful, he says it's not his fault, but the contractor's, and a particular contactor says that it is not his fault but of other contractors. For this reason, it is very important that the regulations clearly identify who is responsible for the whole construction exercise, so that those affected will know exactly who is ultimately accountable for the damage. This will also put pressure on the person responsible to oversee the whole process and to see to it that the neighbourhood is not unduly inconvenienced."

Of course this is easier said then done, but it is a welcoming sign that the goverment is finally taking the bull by the horns. After all, when discussing the shabbiness of most building sites, one has to keep in mind that this is pure and simple disrespect for the neighbours. It can hardly be the case that these energetic workmen, shifting material and building all day long, lack the energy for some light work like tidying up before leaving.

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