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DOLE orders work stoppage at Hanjin shipyard after deadly accident

May 17, 2018 @ 7:45

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued a work stoppage order (WSO) to a subcontractor of Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation Philippines (HHIC Phils) following an accident at the shipyard in Subic, Zambales, resulting to the death of one worker and injuring of three others.

The WSO was issued to Binictican I-Tech Corporation after an investigation was conducted at the worksite of Hanjin shipyard.

In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, DOLE-3 Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said the accident took place on May 12 at around 3:30pm.

The four workers, identified as Gerry Bayuta, Johnny Alegre, Vailian Dela Cruz and Ferdinand Leuterio, fell from a scaffolding after suddenly tipping down.

They were brought to the nearest hospital, but Leuterio passed away two days later due to internal organ injury, Campita said.

Overall findings of the investigation revealed that the subcontractor failed to strictly implement and monitor safety procedures, she said.

“Clearly, there was an unsafe working condition because of an overload of workers and their equipment on the scaffolding, causing its sudden collapse. Aside from this, unsafe acts were also observed because of workers’ failure to use safety harnesses, as well as their supervisor’s failure to control them on the adherence to safety practices,” Campita said.

DOLE said the WSO will remain in effect until Binictican I-Tech fully comply with occupational safety and health standards by submitting the required employer’s accident-illness report, accident illness report with attached photos of the incident, medical report/abstract/certificate of victim, duly acknowledged proof of financial assistance given to victim’s family and the other injured victims.

They must also submit their proof of remittance of SSS, PhilHealth, and PagIBIG coverage, proof of payment of victims’ salary while recovering, Employees’ Safety Orientations (HSE Education Report), revised work procedures in different areas of operations, and employment records for ECC claims/SSS Death claim of Leuterio’s family, it said.

DOLE said the subcontractor has already extended initial financial assistance to the victims and assured its full cooperation.

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