SBMA stops Hanjin sub-contractor’s operation over worker’s death

  • Written by Ruben A. Veloria
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SUBIC Bay Freeport 

-- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has issued cease and desist order (CDO) against one of the sub-contractors of shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries

Corporation (HHIC) Philippines for the death of a worker over the weekend.

Dr. Solomon Jacalne, manager of the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department, said SBMA is now in coordination with the HHIC and the sub-contractor, whose name was withheld until an official report of the investigation is released.

Accordingly, the incident happened last May 12 at 3:30 p.m. in one of the project vessels of the sub-contractor inside the HHIC shipyard in Redondo Peninsula.

Before the incident, nine workers were assigned to do ship works on the scaffolding about eight meters high. Because of the intense heat of the sun, all nine workers sheltered under the canvass to take a break, but one of the bolts snapped, causing the platform to tip down.

Five of the workers were able to hold tight on the platform and were rescued. However, the other four fell on the ground and sustained severe injuries, They were Ferdinand Leuterio, 38, a native of Leyte; Johnny Alegre, 39, of Quezon City; Gerry Bayuta, 34, of Tarlac, and Valian Dela Cruz, 39, of Zambales, all temporarily residing in Castillejos, Zambales. They were brought to Bay Pointe Hospital in Subic Freeport.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Leuterio’s health showed episodes of arrests and deterioration and died at 9 a.m. Monday.

Jacalne said he caused to stopped the operation of the subcontractor until the company met with SBMA Occupational Health and Safety Division and corrective measures were placed.

“There was negligence, of course, that is why the accident had happened. We have to ensure that those mistakes were corrected so as not to happen again,” said Jacalne.