We are extremely lucky that there were no victims yesterday when a massive construction crane collapsed in the Sioufi area in Achrafieh. The area is densely populated and the crane fell off during day time but luckily enough, no one was around and only cars parked nearby were damaged.

We’ve already had an unfortunate incident few years back in Achrafieh when a building collapsed killing 27 people and several reports came out stating that there are many buildings at risk of crumbling in Lebanon. I am pretty sure the same applies to many construction sites that are unsafe and even more dangerous if no proper quality control and safety measures being taken.

Let’s hope the concerned ministries and Beirut’s municipality look into that matter seriously and order inspections for all construction sites around Beirut, especially those in the middle of highly populated areas like Sioufi.