YESTERDAY marked the first anniversary of a tragedy in Cala Ratjada when a part of the hotel Son Moll collapsed killing four building workers.
Families and friends and colleagues gathered in silence to remember those who had died. On the morning of 16th December, a day of strong winds and rain apparently combined with the poor state of the old building to trigger the collapse at about 8.45am in the morning. The majority of workers had been off site having breakfast but two Spaniards and two Moroccans were killed and a number of other workers were slightly injured.
Repair work had been under way at the hotel but apparently without the necessary permits and the accident caused a political and legal storm. The Mayor of Capdepera had confirmed that the Town Council had ordered the hotel owners to close the works six weeks prior to the accident but repairs continued despite the warning.
Magistrates in Manacor began investigations immediately following the tragedy and within hours, the construction site chief and the project architect were arrested. Other professionals related to the reforms gave evidence.
As of today's date, the case continues.