Roof col­lapses at Roy­al­ton ho­tel in Trelawny

Three work­ers in­jured in early-morn­ing in­ci­dent

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Adrian Frater News Editor adrian.frater@glean­erjm.com

WEST­ERN BUREAU: FOR THE sec­ond time in nearly seven months, a sec­tion of an un­der-con­struc­tion Roy­al­ton ho­tel in west­ern Ja­maica has col­lapsed, re­sult­ing in in­juries to work­ers.

This time around, the prop­erty in ques­tion is the US$50-mil­lion Roy­al­ton Blue Wa­ter re­sort in Falmouth, Trelawny, which only re­cently opened its doors for busi­ness. The Gleaner un­der­stands that a sec­tion of the roof in the din­ing area col­lapsed, scat­ter­ing ma­te­rial all over that sec­tion of the ho­tel.

While ef­forts to make contact with the ho­tel man­age­ment proved fu­tile, two work­ers con­firmed to a Gleaner reporter who vis­ited the location that a sec­tion of the roof had in­deed col­lapsed, re­sult­ing in in­juries to three crew­men.

AREA USU­ALLY BUSY

“Yes, it is true that a sec­tion of the roof col­lapsed and that three per­sons sus­tained in­juries, but based on what I heard, the in­juries are not se­ri­ous,” one worker said. “Had it not happened so late in the night, I am sure many more per­sons would have been in­jured, be­cause it happened in an area that is usu­ally busy.”

The Gleaner was first alerted to the in­ci­dent by a passer-by who said he was present when the roof col­lapsed at ap­prox­i­mately 4 a.m.

“I was there this morn­ing at 4 a.m. when part of the roof of the din­ing hall col­lapsed at the new Roy­al­ton Blue Wa­ter re­sort near Falmouth,” the passer-by said. “It has been open for one week .... the ex­te­rior pro­ject­ing lat­tice roof part ripped out of the side of the build­ing and fell.”

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from the Trelawny Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (for­merly the Trelawny Parish Coun­cil) about the sta­tus of con­struc­tion proved fu­tile, as an em­ployee at the cor­po­ra­tion said only Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkin­son was au­tho­rised to speak on such mat­ters, and he was not avail­able.

“We are not au­tho­rised to di­vulge any in­for­ma­tion about build­ing plans and per­mits. Those are mat­ters you will have to dis­cuss with the mayor,” the em­ployee said.

In the pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent in west­ern Ja­maica, which oc­curred on May 10, in Ne­gril, a sec­tion of the deck­ing at the Blue Di­a­mond Roy­al­ton col­lapsed, re­sult­ing in in­juries to five con­struc­tion work­ers. One of the work­ers was trapped in the rub­ble for hours be­fore he was res­cued.

Sub­se­quent to that col­lapse, it was learnt that the con­trac­tors had been op­er­at­ing in breach of some of the guide­lines stip­u­lated by the Hanover Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. The rev­e­la­tion caused Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie to in­struct the cor­po­ra­tion to is­sue a 30-day stop or­der on the project.

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