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Construction company in Lapu2x summoned by DOLE due to fatal accident

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) scheduled a mandatory conference today with the management of  the construction site based in Lapu-Lapu City after two (2) of its workers got electrocuted last Friday.

Regional Director Salome O. Siaton immediately issued a work stoppage order (WSO) Saturday against the management of Tayemco Building located on Patalingjug Street, Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City as well as against JRDM Builders, its service provider.

“We got an unverified information last Friday evening regarding a worker who got electrocuted but we could not instantly send a labor inspector to the area since we did not have the details of what happened especially the name of the establishment involved and its exact location,” said Director Siaton.

Luckily on Saturday morning, she added, the DOLE received information from one of its media partners regarding the identity of the establishment concerned and its address, which helped make it possible for a labor inspector to conduct an Occupational Safety and Health Investigation (OSHI) at the site.

“The issuance of said WSO ordered management of Tayemco Building and JRDM Builders to cease and desist from all its scaffold erection and painting works within the project site until such time that violations noted under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards have been rectified,” said the Regional Director.

The OSHI showed that there were two (2) painters who were electrocuted while performing paintworks at the Tayemco Building, which happened to be very near the high tension wire of the Mactan Electric Company (MECO). The victims were Jessie Onong, 32, married and Jerwin Lupar, 30, single, who both hailed from Davao City.

“We learned that the victims were brought to the Mactan Doctors Hospital but unfortunately one of them, Jerwin Lupar, died after sustaining electrical injury at high voltage,” confirmed the DOLE-7 Head.

Director Siaton added that upon investigation, it was found out that the project site did not have any safety officer on duty during the incident. There was no wire insulator installed on the overhead power line especially that one which is close to the MECO power lines. There was no Hazard Identification Risk Assessment and Control for paintworks, too.

“Our labor inspector also noted that the management failed to present a DOLE approved Construction Safety and Health Program or CSHP. There was even no certified scaffold erector with an NC II issued by TESDA,” she explained.

Other OSHS violations identified involved the failure of management and that of its service provider to provide and present a First Aider; Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) used by the workers; and the DOLE-prescribed incident report.

Under the General Labor Standards (GLS), the labor inspector noted that the workers were not covered with SSS, Philhealth and PAG-IBIG and that there was no proof shown by management of the financial assistance they extended to affected workers.

“We urge all establishments to exercise extra caution and to be guided by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 11058, otherwise known as An Act Strengthening Compliance on Occupational Safety and Health and Providing Penalties Thereof,” said Director Siaton.

She reminded all companies that violations exposing the workers to death, serious injuries or serious illness would be meted out with an imposable penalty of P100,000.00 and penalties could be computed on a per day basis until full compliance to standards had been demonstrated by concerned establishments.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2019-08-05
SALOME O. SIATON
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