Latvia in no hurry to investigate collapsed roof


54 people died a year ago in Riga when the roof of a supermarket collapsed.

The Internet portal Tvnet takes stock of what has been done since the tragedy:

“It was the worst disaster since Latvia achieved independence in 1991. … The building had even been awarded the Latvian architecture prize. Yet so far none of the prize-winners has stepped forward to make a public apology. … The state didn’t stop the business activities of building company Re&Re after the tragedy, and the latter continues its work on the country’s biggest construction projects [Riga Castle and the National Museum]. … The chief public prosecutor has yet to name the culprits, and the criminal police don’t seem to be in any hurry either … It took parliament a year to set up a committee of inquiry. So far the question of who was to blame has only been answered by the construction companies that built the supermarket and Riga’s mayor: as far as they’re concerned the state is to blame.”



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euro|topics is a service provided by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Since May 2008, n-ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe has produced the press review.

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  1. The ROOT cause of accidents in Latvia both on a personal and on a mass level are due to the LACK of a Culture of Safety for people and situations at the social level.

    Accidents happen and accidents will continue to happen. But, there are FAR TOO MANY accidents in such a small population in such a short period of time.

    In everyday life, you can see it with your own eyes:

    1. people working in dangerous situations without safety glasses (gardeners – leaf blowing, etc)

    2. workman using metal ladders outside working with electricity and electric tools

    3. workman outside in rain and wet ground without ground fault electrical cords and protection

    4. workman cutting bricks and street / sidewalk pave stones and bricks without improper equipment, tools, setups, eye protection, proper footwear

    5. driving habits that are unsafe including speed, drugs and drinking, mobile phones and more

    6. poor planning for what to do and how to do in case of an incident

    7. lack of preparedness and lack of tools for the response teams

    8. poor training and practice of emergency teams

    The list goes on and on.

    In my opinion, Latvians go about their daily lives with little thought about the safety of what and how they are doing.

    Since 2002, I have made requests of previous Latvian Presidents and again on 23 June 2013 after the Riga Castle fire – with no response.

    My proposal is — that the top leadership of Latvia needs to join with senior Latvian citizens and put forth a serious Project to create a Culture of Safety awareness at all levels within the Latvian society.


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