Workplace Safety

Philippine factory blast kills 12

Published by rudy Date posted on April 8, 2009

MANILA – AT LEAST a dozen factory workers were killed and five were injured when a boiler overheated and exploded in the northern Philippines, local government officials and police said on Wednesday.

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Small-scale miner dies in tunnel

Published by rudy Date posted on April 2, 2009

ITOGON, Benguet , Philippines  – Another small-scale miner died when he ran out of his oxygen supply and suffocated in a tunnel in Barangay Tuding here on Monday morning.

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Worker electrocuted in Tondo

Published by rudy Date posted on March 31, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – A 28-year-old construction worker suffered third-degree burns all over his body after he was electrocuted in a freak accident in Tondo, Manila Sunday, police reported yesterday.

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Deaths haunt Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay

Published by rudy Date posted on March 28, 2009

SUBIC BAY: Patrick Molina had been working for just four months at the mammoth South Korean-owned Hanjin shipyard, northwest of Manila, when disaster struck.

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Car’s gas tank explodes at Quezon City repair shop

Published by rudy Date posted on March 27, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – A gas tank of an Asian utility vehicle exploded while undergoing repair at a small shop in Quezon City yesterday afternoon, severely injuring a man who was just helping out at the shop.

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Calls to protect workers from Nano risks

Published by rudy Date posted on March 25, 2009

Scientists say there is a need for proper regulation of the new technology.

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3 workers rescued from burning factory

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Three helpers, including a 17-year-old girl, were almost roasted alive in a factory in Quezon City that caught fire Sunday night.

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Worker dies in wall accident

Published by rudy Date posted on March 22, 2009

Sablan, Benguet, Philippines – Already cold dead, 20-year-old Jeffrey Kayachen was dug up by rescuers from the boulders and concrete of the rip-rap wall they were constructing here on Friday afternoon.

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‘Crunch taking toll on BPO workers’ health’

Published by rudy Date posted on March 18, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – A labor study group warned Wednesday that occupational health risks in the outsourcing industry are likely to increase after the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) said companies are scaling down growth targets and hiring of new personnel, if not already laying off some.

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Mining firm probed on asbestos dumping

Published by rudy Date posted on March 17, 2009

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is examining old lease sites of a mining company in Benguet after it was found dumping untreated asbestos insulation panels in Mankayan town.

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2 Isabela laborers buried alive

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2009

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – Two men were buried alive while digging for the foundation of a house they were building in Alicia, Isabela Wednesday morning. Authorities said the bodies of Marlon Callawit, 27, and a certain Berlito were retrieved hours after the cave-in. – Charlie Lagasca, Philippine Star

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2 Isabela laborers buried alive

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2009

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – Two men were buried alive while digging for the foundation of a house they were building in Alicia, Isabela Wednesday morning.

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Hanjin’s employment violations exposed

Published by rudy Date posted on March 5, 2009

THE 8,000 workers at the Korean-owned Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. are overworked, unprotected and not getting overtime, health benefits or holiday pay, an investigation by the Labor Department and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority shows.

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Petron execs rapped over worker’s death

Published by rudy Date posted on February 27, 2009

Balanga City – Six officials and security officers of Petron oil refinery in Limay, Bataan were charged yesterday before the provincial prosecutor’s office with alleged obstruction of justice in connection with the death of a 24-year old techniciam who was exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas at the plant’s sour water treating facility six months ago.

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Mining firm probed on asbestos dumping

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2009

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is examining old lease sites of a mining company in Benguet after it was found dumping untreated asbestos insulation panels in Mankayan town.

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2 hurt in Valenzuela plastics factory fire

Published by rudy Date posted on February 13, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — Two persons were hurt after a five-hour fire razed a plastics factory in Valenzuela City early this morning.

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Another accident hits Hanjin

Published by rudy Date posted on February 4, 2009

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Twenty-six workers of the South Korean-owned shipbuilder Hanjin survived after their bus, which was carrying 60 passengers, plunged into a ravine a few meters from the shipyard, police said.

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Death toll in Cavite blast rises to 11; owner plans to close down factory

Published by rudy Date posted on February 3, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll in the Jan. 29 explosion at a firecracker factory in Cavite rose yesterday from nine to 11 as relatives identified the bodies of two people previously listed as missing.

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Cavite fireworks factory blast death toll now 9

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2009

The death toll in the explosion that ripped a fireworks factory in Cavite last week rose to nine yesterday as police investigators remained clueless on what caused the blast.

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Cavite couple survives factory blast (asbestos saved husband)

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2009

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite—It was difficult for Lilibeth Doncillo to look at the wrecked site of Starmaker, two days after the firecracker factory exploded, leaving at least six people dead.

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Townsfolk complain of ecozone pollution

Published by rudy Date posted on February 1, 2009

SANTA ANA, Cagayan, Philippines—Officials and residents of this coastal town on Friday protested the alleged environmental destruction caused by the operations of casinos at the Cagayan Special Economic Freeport Zone here.

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Fireworks blast death toll rises to 7; 19 workers still missing

Published by rudy Date posted on January 31, 2009

The casualty count in the explosion that obliterated a firecracker factory in Cavite has reached seven and authorities are tracking down 19 others still missing.

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Cavite explosion under investigation

Published by rudy Date posted on January 31, 2009

TRECE MARTIRES, Cavite: The Civil Security Group (CSG) of the Philippine National Police on Friday said they need first to evaluate the result of the investigation to determine if Star Maker Fireworks license would be revoked after the factory explosion that claimed eight lives and injuring 55 others in Trece Mar-tires, Cavite.

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At least 5 dead in Cavite firecracker factory blast

Published by rudy Date posted on January 30, 2009

A powerful explosion obliterated a fireworks factory in Cavite yesterday, killing at least five people and injuring 60 others.

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Korean dies in another Hanjin shipyard mishap

Published by rudy Date posted on January 26, 2009

Just two days after a Filipino worker met a fatal accident at the facility, a Korean worker was killed yesterday inside the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in Subic Bay Freeport, Zambales province when he was run over by a forklift.

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Korean foreman dies in Hanjin accident

Published by rudy Date posted on January 25, 2009

19th death in shipyard since 2006 CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — A Korean foreman died at the shipyard of the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines in Subic, Zambales, after he was hit and run over by a forklift operated by a Filipino worker on Sunday.

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Helper crushed between 2 oil tankers

Published by rudy Date posted on January 13, 2009

A truck helper was pinned to death when a truck backed into him as he was transferring several cans of cooking oil into another truck at the compound of an oil manufacturing firm in Malabon Sunday.

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TUCP: Probe Hanjin accidents

Published by rudy Date posted on August 21, 2008

from The Manila Times The Senate and House committees on labor and employment should investigate “the unusually high incidence of accidental deaths” of building workers at the $1.6-billion shipyard project of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines Inc. in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a labor group official said Wednesday.

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10 IT health risks—and how to combat them

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2008

IT might not appear to be a high-risk field, but a surprising number of ailments can plague IT pros in all job roles. Here are some of the most prevalent health concerns.

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Call center cause of mental disorder?

Published by rudy Date posted on October 7, 2006

Touted as the country’s leading source of employment, call centers are now also considered a threat to the health of many young professionals.

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