The 23-year-old Malian man who fell four storeys on a construction site last week has succumbed to his injuries, Moviment Graffitti said today during a street protest highlighting the high cost of the construction industry.
His death is the latest to come after seven workers lost their lives in the last year and a half alone to a construction frenzy that is leaving Maltese families homeless, migrant workers abused, and a Maltese populace that cannot turn a corner for lack of a building site.
The Malian man, who has been left unnamed by authorities, fell four storeys while working on a construction site in Qawra just last week, on the same day that a separate building partially collapsed.
The incident took place at 2:30pm on Triq Annetto Caruana, and came soon after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced a temporary suspension on all demolition and excavation works.
He was rushed to hospital following the incident and confirmed to be in a critical condition.
When contacted by Lovin Malta, police said they were not aware that he had passed. Attempts to contact officials at Mater Dei were left unanswered.
As an unnamed young man’s life is added to the price tag the island is paying in debt to a booming economy, many at today’s protest wondered: is it really worth it?