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Holness orders review of systems to supervise large construction projects

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 5:54 PM
Holness says the review will ensure that the current systems align with safety practices, environmental considerations and labour management.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be examining its internal capabilities to ensure it is properly equipped to supervise large construction projects.

Prime Minister Holness says this is being done in preparation for the expected increased construction activities in the hotel and other sectors.

He says the review will ensure that the current systems align with safety practices, environmental considerations and labour management.

Holness says the decision was taken during a meeting yesterday with Ministers without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Horace Change, and Daryl Vaz and Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie.

The meeting was called to discuss the recent incident involving the Royalton Hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.

Five workers were injured when a section of a decking collapsed.

Meanwhile, Holness says the team investigating the collapse has been expanded to include personnel from a wider cross section of state agencies.

Representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Local Government, and Labour and Social Security and the National Works Agency and the National Environment and Planning Agency have been added to the team.

Holness says the team will also investigate all other major construction projects and determine whether they are in keeping with the approved regulatory standards.

In announcing the three-member team on Monday, the local government minister had ordered that they investigate the incident and produce a report with strong recommendations within seven days.

McKenzie also issued a 30-day stop order on the construction site.