Thursday, 22 January 2009

Four killed in hotel collapse

20:37 |

Four construction workers, two Moroccans and two Spaniards, were killed when three storeys of the wing of hotel Son Moll in Cala Ratjada in Mallorca collapsed, burying them under rubble. Another four workers needed hospital treatment.About 80 workers had been employed on the site, but at the time of the collapse most were having breakfast or had been in the main hotel building, which was undamaged. Initial investigations suggested the collapse had been set off by heavy rains.Local Mayor Tomeu Alzina said the hotel did not have the necessary works licence; he said the company which owned the hotel, Hoteles Serrano, S. L., had failed to meet a series of requirements in order to obtain the licence, and six weeks earlier the local authority had ordered the paralysis of the works. The works continued nevertheless.
The same day the Guardia Civil arrested the architect, quantity surveyor and works manager on the renovation project on charges of manslaughter, imprudence and contravention of workers’ rights.

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