Masterbuilders group worried about fifth hotel collapse involving foreign contractors
The Incorporated Masterbuilders' Association of Jamaica (IMAJ) has weighed in on the emerging issues following the collapse of a section of a building at the Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover, saying the incident would not have happened if Jamaican engineering companies were doing the job.
The collapse resulted in the injury of five persons on the site.
President of the IMAJ, Carvel Stewart, says Tuesday's collapse is the fifth accident on a hotel construction site that is being managed by a foreign construction company.
The previous accidents occurred at Riu Ocho Rios, twice on the initial construction of the Bahia Principe property in St Ann and on the construction of the Fiesta property in Hanover, resulting in serious injury including deaths
According to Stewart, says since the influx of Spanish investors in the local tourist industry, no Jamaican company has been contracted to build hotels in here and this is affecting the Jamaican economy.
Stewart wants the government to create policies where more Jamaican engineering companies can get contracts to build hotels.
He also said the government should monitor the overseas engineering companies to ensure that they meet all building requirements.
The Blue Diamond Royalton hotel where the collapse occurred yesterday is being constructed by a local affiliate Therrestra Group, which is a Dominican Republic-based engineering company.