A construction worker died on Saturday after falling three storeys at a building site in Ħamrun, the police said.

The construction site where the man fell three stories. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe construction site where the man fell three stories. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The 50-year-old worker was a Bulgarian national who lived in St Paul’s Bay.

In a statement, the police said that the man fell from a site at Triq Karmnu Abela at around 11am.

A medical team was called to the area but the man was certified dead at the scene.

Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo is leading an inquiry into the case.

In a separate incident, a 77-year old man was seriously injured on a construction site in Pietà when he fell from a height of around one storey. 

Police said the man was hospitalised after the incident, which took place at around 12.15pm in Triq Clarence.

The incident comes a little over a week after construction worker Jaitah Lamin testified against his boss from his hospital bed after falling two storeys. 

After his fall, Lamin recounted how he was carried out of the construction site and dumped at the side of the road in Selmun instead of receiving immediate medical attention. He was eventually found by passers-by who called for assistance as well as the police. His employer, Glen Farrugia, was granted bail after denying charges brought against him, including grievous bodily harm. 

Fourth fatality this year

This is the fourth fatal accident to happen on a construction site this year with several other workers injured.

In April, a 38-year-old man who lived in St Paul’s Bay died after falling seven storeys on a construction site in Marsascala.

A Malian man who fell from six storeys from another site in Marsascala also died in February.

In March Charlie Attard, a 52-year-old father of two died when the roof of a public toilet collapsed on him while he was carrying out maintenance work in Gozo.

According to data released by the National Statistics Office, seven people died and 2,300 people were injured as a result of workplace accidents in 2020. The construction industry accounted for the highest number of workplace accidents across employment sectors.

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