Today we have to ask ourselves a question. How well regulated are the safety measures put in place on building structures in Gibraltar?
Once again we have reached January, the winds are picking, as they do almost every year, and another building site has had a collapse. Are we even surprised that this has happened yet again? Not really.
As the weather dies down, the sun comes out, the past looks to be as forgotten as the weather that resided in it. It has only been a matter of months since a pane of glass fell from Waterport Place hitting a car.
A few years back when Gibraltar experienced high winds, we had sheets ripped off from the recently erected Ocean Village apartment blocks.
How quickly are these incidents forgotten?
Of course the weather is unpredictable, but incident is preventable. Some of the videos seen on Speak Freely today, in regards to the scaffolding collapse in Glacis last night, show how such glaringly obvious mistakes are made. A wind trap was created by the sheeting, as the wind couldn’t pass through an eventual collapse happened.
The one thing we are very, very fortunate with is that this happened overnight.
From the images shown on Speak Freely a lot of debris has landed on the roof and playground of St Annes School, a school that would have been open today. As a consequence St Annes and Bayside have both been closed for the day, but how many parents will be confident in allowing their children to go back to school tomorrow if the weather remains the same?
Hopefully last nights incident, and recent incidents are being used as a learning curve to ensure precautions are put in place for the protection of the general public. We’ve all but had our share of luck, a lesson should be learned before it’s learned at the expense of a persons health.