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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

‘Unsafe’ workplace seen in Hanjin deaths

Sen Estrada may recommend suspension
The chairman of the Senate labor committee is considering recommending the temporary suspension of operations of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in Subic Bay, Zambales, over the rising incidence of workers’ deaths at the firm’s shipyard.

“Itigil muna pangsamantala yung lahat ng activities ng Hanjin hanggat hindi nila maayos yung mga aksidente na nangyayari doon. Wala silang safety standards [Temporarily stop all activities of Hanjin until they address the accidents that have been happening there. They have no safety standards,” Senator Jose Estrada said after the committee’s hearing into the deaths.

He said he would submit his recommendation to Labor Secretary Marianito Roque.

During the hearing, an official of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) blamed allegedly “unsafe acts” and “unsafe work conditions” for the deaths of Filipino workers at the Hanjin worksite.

Ramon Ogregado of the SBMA’s Support Service Group said they have recorded 19 deaths in 17 incidents.

“In the construction aspect, there were [a total] of nine fatalities, which were attributable to unsafe acts, meaning to say, [these were] partly due to the behavior of the workers when the incidents occurred; and then three were due to the combination of having unsafe acts and unsafe working condition[s],” he said.

Ogregado said that in the shipbuilding sector, one death was attributable to “unsafe acts” and five others to “unsafe conditions.”

The rest, Ogregado said, were non-work related and were “merely [due to] behavioral accidents.”

Also present at the hearing were Pyeong Jong Yu, general managing director of Hanjin, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Feliciano Salonga, SBMA administrator Armand Arreza, and a number of Hanjin workers. By Maila Ager - INQUIRER.net

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