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OSH law fines to be meted out to offenders; DOLE warns establishments

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) warns all establishments especially big and high risk ones to strictly and religiously implement safety and health measures in the workplace, or mete out the penalties provided for under the new Occupational Safety and Health and Standards (OSHS) Law.

The statement was released by DOLE-7 Regional Salome O. Siaton after the occurrence of the two (2) successive incidents involving the paintworks of a certain establishment located on Patalingjug Street, Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City, where 2 workers were electrocuted. The other one, she said, involved a construction company along Gorordo Avenue Corner Escario St., Cebu City, where an existing building collapsed within an excavated area.

“The DOLE stays adamant in its campaign of promoting the safety and health of the workers in the workplace. And we have been conducting a series of orientations on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the new OSH law because we are trying our hardest to inform the public and all our social partners that we mean business when we say that safety and health should be given primordial importance above anything else,” said Director Siaton.

She cautioned all companies to abide by the law and be guided by what are considered prohibited acts and their corresponding penalties. Any failure or refusal of an employer, contractor or subcontractor to comply with the OSH Standards, the Regional Director continued, shall be deemed willful when done voluntarily, deliberately and intentionally.

The following are the administrative fines under Department Order No. 198, Series of 2018 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 11058 Entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.”

It can be recalled that on 2 August and 5 August 2019, two successive work-related accidents occurred which prompted the DOLE to issue work stoppage orders.

Both companies were immediately called to a conference by the DOLE for them to show proof that they’ve already rectified the violations noted during the conduct of the Occupational Safety and Health Investigation (OSHI).

According to Director Siaton a lifting order had been issued to one of the involved establishments after it managed to submit all proofs that would demonstrate full compliance to Standards. The other WSO, she added, continues to be in effect while the concerned company is working on its Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP) which is due for submission to and evaluation by the DOLE.

The Regional Director 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.

“The incident that happened in Lapu-Lapu City where there was fatality involved prompted the DOLE to impose a P100,000.00 fine against the company. This is on top of the financial assistance which we made sure it extended to the family of the victim,” she finally quipped.

 

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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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2019-08-13
SALOME O. SIATON
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