DoLE implements safe, healthy standards for construction firms

Published by rudy Date posted on May 9, 2011

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) reminded all construction companies to strictly implement occupational safety and health standards (OSHS) in their worksites to avoid injuries and death of their workers.

This reminder was made after the DoLE-National Capital Region Office (DoLE-NCR) reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz the result of the investigation into the incident at the Belle Grande Resort and Casino located on Aseana Ave. corner Roxas Boulevard, Aseana Business Park Complex, Baclaran, Parañaque City.

According to the report of DoLE-NCR Director Raymundo Agravante, the accident showed no violation of the occupational safety and health standards.

“It is timely to again remind the construction companies to keep their workplaces safe and healthy to avoid injuries or even death of their workers,” Agravante said.

On April 15, the installed nine meter high elevator corewall steel/rebar assembly at the Belle Grande Resort worksite accidentally was laid down or tilted by one of the laborers and it was snapped by a strong wind and it fell to the ground floor where four other laborers were working.

Two of the workers sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. They were identified as Mauricio Mollejon and Rommel Tan.

Agravante advised the area manager and the engineer of the company to provide all steel/rebar assemblies of sufficient bracing and standard “serga.”

The DoLE-NCR chief reminded construction companies about Department Order No. 13, series of 1998, prescribing the guidelines governing occupational safety and health standards in the construction industry, particularly Section 2.1, which reads, thus: “ As embodied in Article 162, Chapter 2, Title I of Book Four of The Labor Code of the Philippines, “The Secretary of Labor and Employment shall, by appropriate orders, set and enforce mandatory occupational safety and health standards to eliminate or reduce occupational safety and health hazards in all work places and institute new and update existing programs to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in all places of employment.” –Mina Diaz, Daily Tribune

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