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Gov't to review systems to supervise large construction projects

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 2:51 PM
Rescuers searching the site after the collapse of a section of a building at the Royalton Hotel in Negril, Hanover on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has signalled that there will be a review of some state systems following the collapse of a section of a building at the Royalton hotel in Negril, Hanover.

In a statement from Jamaica House, the Prime Minister said the Government will examine its internal capabilities to ensure that it is properly equipped to supervise large construction projects.

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According to Holness, this is to ensure alignment with safety practices, environmental considerations and labour management.

The Prime Minister said a balance must be struck where all the approved standards are met including the safety of workers, the public and eventual hotel users, while at the same time allowing for expeditious project completion.

Holness yesterday met with Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, and Ministers without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang and Daryl Vaz, about the collapse at the hotel site.

Jamaica House says during the meeting, a decision was made to expand the team to investigate the collapse at the Royalton construction site, by adding representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Local Government, and Labour and Social Security, National Works Agency (NWA) and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

The team will also investigate all other major construction projects in the region and determine whether they are consistent with the approved regulatory standards.