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DoLE to probe Skyway mishap

I already ordered inspection to see if they are compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Standards. If they are not compliant, they have liabilities.

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday said they will be looking into the recent construction incident where a steel girder used in the Skyway extension project fell on passing vehicles in Muntinlupa City.

According to Bello, he has called for an investigation into the incident to find out if there is compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS).

“I already ordered inspection to see if they are compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Standards. If they are not compliant, they have liabilities,” the Labor Secretary said.

If found non-compliant, Bello said the management project will be asked initially to comply.

However, he also stressed they are not dismissing the option to order a temporary suspension of the construction activity.

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that even while project contractor EEI Corporation was the one handling the construction of the project, as project proponent, SMC has a responsibility to take care of the victims.

One person died in the incident, while four others were hurt.

The incident happened around Saturday morning along the East Service Road in Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa.

Project contractor EEI Corporation said that a crane was being positioned when it tilted and fell on the steel girder that spanned the two posts of the northbound Skyway extension project.

EEI said that it will review its safety protocols following the incident to ensure that such an incident will not happen again.

In 2018, President Duterte signed the OSH Law, which ensures a safe and healthful workplace for workers by affording them full protection against all hazards at work.

The law provides that any person who manages, controls, or supervises the work is compelled to ensure that the place of employment is safe for workers, and should be free from hazardous conditions likely to cause death, illness or physical harm to workers.

SMC apology
Following the freak accident, the head of concession holder San Miguel Corporation (SMC) issued an apology to the victims and assured them that the company would make sure all their needs would be taken care of, and more.

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that even while project contractor EEI Corporation was the one handling the construction of the project, as project proponent, SMC has a responsibility to take care of the victims.
“Even with a contractor handling construction, ultimately, we are responsible for the welfare of those who were affected. I would like to personally apologize to the victims and their families, as well as to our larger community in Muntinlupa,” Ang said.

“This terrible and tragic accident has affected me in ways I can’t even begin to express. I have not stopped thinking about the people who were affected, the four that were injured and most especially, the person who perished, and his family. There are no words that can ease the grief of losing a loved one,” he added.

“To the family, I can only offer my sincerest and deepest condolences, and my personal assurance that your family will be taken care of. To those who were injured, please be assured we will provide all the means necessary for you to recover and restart,” he said.
Ang also vowed that the incident will be investigated thoroughly, and that SMC and its contractor EEI will make sure even stricter measures are in place at the project site.

“In a project of this magnitude and scale, there are many redundant safety measures in place. Unfortunately, we can’t predict every outcome, and I’m sure no one wanted this to happen,” Ang said.

“Regardless, we are working with authorities to determine the root cause of this incident. We will find out where lapses occurred and do whatever is necessary to help make sure they don’t happen again.”

 

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