It is commendable that the Daphne Caruana Galiza Foundation made the effort to delve into the matter of construction related deaths.

This demonstrates a positive approach that should be appreciated. In order to progress, it is imperative that we embrace critical thinking and foster an open exchange of ideas.

Still, I am sceptical about the notion that an increase in construction activity and the issuance of permits will inevitably result in a proportional rise in fatalities. In my considered view, there are   various other factors when analysing fatalities related to structural failures.

First and foremost, ensuring that the structural design and specifications are provided by a certified professional (in our case, a warranted perit) is crucial. These design considerations should be appropriate, taking into account site characteristics, state of neighbouring buildings, and the intended usage of the structure.

Still, it is not enough to have precise, detailed, and accurate structural drawings and specifications that convey the design intent and requirements. The contractor must also possess the necessary expertise to interpret and successfully implement them. Achieving a mutual understanding between the perit and the contractor through effective communication is, therefore, key.

In other words, it is essential to recognize that a good structural design alone is insufficient if the contractor fails to ensure the structural integrity during the actual construction process. The contractor must be in a position to understand the load paths and provide adequate bracing, proper support, and the correct installation of critical components, such as temporary steel supports during concrete pouring, as well as the appropriate use of concrete pumps without excessive pressure to prevent structural failures.

It is therefore unacceptable for contractors not to possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to interpret and implement construction drawings accurately, including understanding load paths.