Contractors urge safety checks to clampdown on accidents

Maldives' contractors association has urged the government to carry out more frequent safety checks on construction sites amid a spate of recent accidents.

The Maldives National Association of Construction Industry (MNACI) in a statement said the lack of safety procedures at construction sites are the cause of recent accidents, threatening life and property around such sites.

The MNCIA, with members from the biggest construction companies in the country which came into being after an incident where a little girl died after a cement bag fell on her from a site, stated that two similar incidents in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale claimed the lives of two expatriate workers, and the association harshly condemns these incidents.

The statement while condemning accidents due to negligence noted that several such incidents are reported every day.

The MNCIA stressed that safety protocols need to be established and that careless parties need to be held accountable for their actions.

The association had also urged all contractors to abide by the rules and regulations on construction sites.

The construction industry is the second biggest contributor to the country’s economy and has achieved much during the past five years although construction accidents has claimed many innocent lives.