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Maynilad laborer buried alive in excavation, colleague hurt

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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A Maynilad Water Services laborer died while his co-worker was still under observation at the hospital after they were buried alive by a mass of land that accidentally collapsed in an ongoing excavation project Thursday afternoon in Caloocan City.

Erwin Cuenca, of Tulay 4, Daang Hari, Bacog, Navotas City, was pronounced dead on arrival at Caloocan City Medical Center while his co-worker, Ritzel Frilles, 37, of Judge Jimenez St., Kamuning, Quezon City, was still confined in the same hospital.

Investigation conducted by PO3 Michael Olpindo and PO2 Alvin Pascual of Caloocan Police Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB) showed that while the victims were digging up for a pipe-laying project of Maynilad Water Services Inc. at the corner of Reparo and Tirona Sts., Bgy. 145, Bagong Barrio at around 3:30 p.m., the mass of land suddenly collapsed, burying them alive.
    
Other workers hurriedly dug up and retrieved the bodies of the victims and rushed them to the nearest hospital where Cuenca was declared dead by attending physician at 5:20 p.m.
    
Police are still conducting a follow-up investigation to determine if there was negligence on the part of Maynilad Water Services in providing safety tips for their workers.