DOLE Orders Work Stoppage on Power Plant, Robinsons Const. Firm

Two establishments in Iloilo City were ordered by Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom, of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 to stop working on their ongoing jobs.

Ordered work stoppage were the Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and the Monocrete Construction Phils.,/Robinsons Properties. Work stoppage for PEDC was ordered on July 28, 2015 after the investigation of DOLE on the fatal accident at the construction site which claimed the life of the crawler crane operator while working at the construction project at Brgy. Ingore, Lapaz, Iloilo City.

Per investigation conducted by Engr. Jessel Valad-on and DV Agrega of DOLE’s Lavor Laws compliance Officers, on the occupational safety and health in the compound of PEDC, the accident occurred at around 1:00 PM of July 27, 2015 when the crawler crane operator was allegedly pivoting the lattice boom of the crawler crane from one point to another.

The hook, together with its load block, fell directly on the operator’s cab hitting the operator’s head and legs which caused his immediate death.

During the investigation, the LLCOs noted that the damaged crawler crane with its lattice boom in vertical position posed grave and imminent danger to the safety of the workers within the area.

Other findings included the unsigned Construction Hea-vy Equipment (CHE) Testing Certificate by the inspector of the DOLE Accredited Testing Organization; failure of the sub-contractor, Genthink International Construction Corp., to show the DOLE’s approved Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP); and, PEDC’s failure to show the necessary work permit of employed Taiwanese nationals.

Acting on the findings of the LLCOs, DOLE 6 Officer-In-Charge and Assistant Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao thus issued the Order directing the management of PEDC and its contractor and sub-contractor to stop any construction activities within the 50-meter radius of the damage crawler until they complied with the noted deficiencies.

Also, DOLE Regional Director Ligutom issued a Work Stoppage Order to the owner and management of Mono-crete Construction Phils.,/Robinsons Properties as well as to the project manager and project in-charge as a result of the accident which happened that same day at the construction project in E. Lopez, Jaro, Iloilo City.

Based on the report of the DOLE-LLCOs who conducted the investigation, the accident happened at around 10:00 AM when two workers, as alleged by the constructor, jacked up the tower crane which resulted to the collapsed of its part and seriously injured two construction workers.

The collapsed crane part, which was leaning on a building, apparently poses grave and imminent danger to the safety of the workers at the construction site.

The LLCOs also discovered that concerned parties have no DOLE approved CSHP, no Construction Heavy Equipment (CHE) Testing Certificate issued by the DOLE Accredited Testing Organization and no organized Safety and Health committee.

This prompted Ligutom to issue an Order directing the management of Monocrete, the project manager and project in-charge as well as the management of Robinson’s Properties to stop any construction activities within the 50-meter radius of the damage crawler crane at the site and comply with the noted deficiencies.

Under Article 128 (c) of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, the Secretary of the Labor may order stoppage of work or suspension of operations of any unit or department of an establishment when non-compliance with the law or implementing rules and regulations poses grave and imminent danger to the health and safety of workers in the workplace.*