Construction halted at collapsed hotel site
Local Government minister Desmond McKenzie has ordered the immediate halting of construction at the Royalton Hotel site in Negril, Westmoreland, saying there are numerous breaches.
Five people were injured yesterday morning when a section of a building collapsed. Two of the injured were treated and released, while three remain hospitalised.
McKenzie said a preliminary report into the incident indicated that substandard material was being used. He said work was being done outside of permitted hours, and construction was being undertaken in areas for which there were no approval.
THE STAR understands that the Westmoreland Parish Council has long been receiving reports about breaches at the construction site, however, it failed to intervene. The local government minister has established a three-man team to investigate the incident. Hours after the collapse, emergency responders were digging through the rubble searching for possible survivors.
In the meantime, McKenzie has commended the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the police, and the staff at the the Noel Holmes and Savanna-la-Mar hospitals in Hanover and Westmoreland, who responded to the emergency.