Worker who suf­fered griev­ous in­juries in col­lapse at MFCC tes­ti­fies

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A worker who had suf­fered lifethreat­en­ing in­juries fol­low­ing the col­lapse of a light struc­ture at the Malta Fairs and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in prepa­ra­tion for the show ‘Ġen­sna’, told the court that he is now fac­ing unem­ploy­ment and has no source of in­come.

Emanuel Ron­ayne was tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera in the case against the MFCC di­rec­tors fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent which took place in 2014. He re­called how he was work­ing on site when the me­tal struc­ture col­lapsed on him. He said he had felt a mas­sive blow to his back and even­tu­ally found him­self trapped be­tween this me­tal struc­ture and the stage.

The worker was rushed to hospi­tal where it was con­firmed that the man had suf­fered bro­ken ribs, in­jured his spinal cord and was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Dr Jonathan Joslyn, a con­sul­tant at the emer­gency de­part­ment was also called to tes­tify. He re­called how after be­ing called on site, the worker was found conscious but with res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems as his lungs were punc­tured.

MFCC di­rec­tors Win­ston Zahra, Ger­ald Borg and Joseph Fenech, to­gether with the com­pany’s CEO Anita Mif­sud, are be­ing charged with in­vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing griev­ous in­juries to the worker. The five of­fi­cials are also ac­cused of caus­ing Nexos and RVC Ltd to suf­fer dam­ages and breach­ing the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Act.

The pros­e­cu­tion is led by in­spec­tor Robert Vella while lawyers Joe Giglio, Stephen Tonna Low­ell, Stepha Camil­leri and Joseph J. Vella are lead­ing the de­fence.

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