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DOLE orders Skyway Extension contractors to pay fine over fatal mishap

Aika Rey
DOLE orders Skyway Extension contractors to pay fine over fatal mishap

OSH VIOLATION. A steel girder used for the Skyway Extension Project fell on the East Service Road in Cupang, Muntinlupa City, and hit some vehicles on November 21, 2020.

File photo from Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management

EEI Construction Corporation and its two subcontractors are ordered to pay P170,000 'per day of non-compliance' with occupation safety and health standards

The Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) ordered the contractors and subcontractors of the Skyway Extension project to pay fines over a girder mishap in November.

In an order issued Wednesday, December 2, DOLE-NCR imposed a P170,000 fine on EEI Construction Corporation and its subcontractors Mayon Machinery Rentrade and Bauer Foundations Philippines Inc “for every day of non-compliance” with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards.

“In view of the non-compliance and despite the opportunities given to rectify the deficiencies, this Office finds that such failure to comply is willful and intentional (emphasis theirs). Hence, the imposition of administrative fine under the Republic Act No. 11058 and its implementing rules and regulations is proper,” said DOLE-NCR Director Sarah Buena Mirasol, citing the OSH law.

“[F]ines shall be imposed, to accrue daily from the receipt of this order until full compliance,” Mirasol added.

DOLE-NCR required EEI and the two subcontractors to submit copies of 3rd party inspection certificates of all heavy equipment.

Mayon Machinery and Bauer Foundations were separately fined P80,000 and P130,000, respectively, per day of non-compliance to OSH guidelines.

Mayon Machinery was ordered to submit a copy of their OSH program, safety guidelines, and procedure on crane operations, while Bauer Foundations needed to provide additional fire extinguishers, safety and directional signages, and proof of clear access for workers and employees.

On Saturday, November 21, a steel girder fell on 6 vehicles at the Skyway Extension constructino site in Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City, killing a motorist and leaving 4 others injured.

DOLE-NCR stopped all work at the construction site after the incident.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the main proponent of the Skyway Extension, earlier said the target completion of the project has been pushed back from December 2020 to February 2021, as a result of the fatal incident. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.