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Friday, August 29, 2008

SBMA ends accreditation of 18 Hanjin subcontractors

EIGHTEEN of the 42 subcontractors of the biggest shipbuilding facility in Subic Bay Free Port have been ordered terminated and their accreditation were revoked for violating regulations on occupational health and safety and other labor requirements and for failure to secure proper accreditation.

These sub-contractors include UT Corporation, whose worker Efren dela Cruz became the 15th fatality at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) shipbuilding yard at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

The other subcontractors whose accreditations were not renewed are: Electro Dynamics Construction Development Inc., AFR Construction & Development Co. Inc., Canall Corp., Ron Daniel Construction Corp., Traffic Control Product Corp., General Corp., Geoscience Technology, A.V. Subia Garden, Beton Bau Phils. Inc., Doublefold Construction Corp., Inyoung Phils. Inc., Jeil Sanup Corp., KMI-KJK Inc., LC Builders & Developers Inc., R.P. Alejandro Construction Inc., Wierig Industrial Products Inc., and I. Stone International Corporation.

As this developed, the SBMA authorities with the cooperation of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct a mandatory safety orientation on all HHIC-Phil construction workers starting next month.

All construction workers employed at the Subic Bay Free Port’s HHIC-Phil shipyard will undergo a mandatory safety orientation course starting next week to help address safety concerns at the $1.6-billion shipbuilding facility.

The training was required by the SBMA and DOLE, which have both expressed alarm over the number of fatal accidents at the shipyard since 2007.

“This will be a basic safety orientation course for construction workers, including safety officers, employed by both Hanjin and its subcontractors,” said SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza.

“Everyday, starting September 1, there will be 120 shipyard workers attending the safety course,” he added.

The safety appreciation courses, which will be conducted by the DOLE’s Occupational Safety and Health Center, will cover five topics each day.

The primary target audience for the courses are safety officers employed by Hanjin and its subcontractors. These key personnel are then expected to echo the topics discussed among employees belonging to their respective work units.

Arreza explained that the safety orientation course was necessary because investigations of the 15 fatal accidents in the shipyard indicated some safety lapses committed by workers themselves, aside from those by subcontracting firms. By: Jess V. Antiporda - Journal online

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