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Monday, July 14, 2008

13th worker killed in accident at Hanjin's Subic shipyard

SUBIC BAY FREE PORT, Philippines — Nine days after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo christened and launched the first ship built by the South Korean Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation-Phils (HHIC) here, tragedy struck its shipbuilding facility again after another Filipino construction worker died Sunday morning.

The latest fatality is the 13th since construction began in 2006 of the US$1.6 billion Hanjin shipbuilding facility.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) identified the victim as Benje Gamolo, 31, and a resident of Tatalon, Quezon City. Gamolo worked at the shipyard as structural erector under the supervision of Subic Hansung Inc., an accredited Hanjin sub-contractor.

According to the incident report, Gamolo was reportedly installing a back girder around 4:10 pm Saturday when the right section of the eight-foot long, eight-ton steel beam slipped and hit him on his back and left side of the body.

The back girder was reportedly used as a brace for parallel columns.

The accident initially resulted in the “avulsion of the victim’s fifth digit finger, swelling of the victim’s left hand, and extreme pain." Gamolo was rushed to the James L. Gordon Hospital for treatment but succumbed to injuries Sunday around 7a.m.

Regulators have yet to issue their statement about the latest incident. SBMA suspended construction activities here last June 20 after the 12th fatality, 52-year old employee of HHCL from Candelaria, Zambales, was killed when a formwork at a dry-dock construction site collapsed and pinned the worker.

SBMA organized a safety inspection team at the construction site to ensure the South Korean construction firm and its sub-contractors follow the national safety standards. - GMANews.TV

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