DOLE sends team to investigate causes of accident that killed 9 construction workers in Makati

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday sent a team to a construction site in Makati City where an accident occurred and killed nine construction workers to verify and determine the causes of the accident and provide necessary assistance to the victims' families.

"Following media reports on the fatal accident, I have immediately alerted DOLE National Capital Region (NCR) Director Raymundo Agravante to send our people at the DOLE Makati field office to the site of the accident to determine the causes that led to the death of the accident victims and to extend necessary assistance to the victims’ families to facilitate the provision of entitlements due their kin," Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

Reports said that nine construction workers died when a scaffolding on which they stood while installing window glass at the 32th floor fell on the 7th floor of Eton Towers in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.
Baldoz said that Director Agravante has promptly mobilized the DOLE's quick reaction team (QRT) in Makati led by Engineer Dante Aguilan, who went to the construction site to conduct a thorough investigation of the fatal accident.

"Engr. Aguilan will determine the nature of the accident, particularly hazards surrounding it that led to the victims' death. He is expected to submit a comprehensive report so that the DOLE-NCR office can prescribe corrective safety measures to ensure that similar incidents will not recur not only at the site of the accident but also in other construction projects," Baldoz said.

The labor and employment secretary said that if investigation showed the presence of imminent danger, the DOLE-NCR office will issue a stoppage order suspending the construction.

Citing the occupational safety and health standards, she said that the order shall remain in effect until danger is removed or corrected.
The DOLE chief also said that the regional office and the Employees Compensation Commission will assist the victims' families in the processing of death benefits due their kin.

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