The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 7, headed by Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, has issued a work stoppage order, this time, to a construction project in Mandaue City, for posing hazard to residents which is a clear violation of occupational safety and health standards.
In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Director Sacauga said he issued the order to the Bamboo Bay Community Tower II Project located at Hernan Cortes Street, Mandaue City, Cebu and its general contractor, Devlarn Ventures and Development Corporation.
“We immediately conducted an incident investigation at the site after receiving the complaint of a certain Laipo M. Tan who is residing adjacent to the site. She reported to us that her house was hit by falling debris from said construction project,” disclosed Sarcauga.
The labor laws compliance officer (LLCO) assigned to do the incident investigation reported that a police blotter of the Mandaue City Police Office showed there were alleged falling stones from the Bamboo Bay Community Tower II construction behind the house of Mrs. Tan. A one- to two- meter orange metal beam was said to have also fallen down to the garage of the complainant which damaged her house’s gutter.
The concrete debris found included a steel tape; a deformed bar; tie wires; and the metal beam. This was confirmed by Marsha Emile-Estroso, the Safety and Health Officer of Devlarn Ventures and Development Corporation.
In the walk-through conducted by the LLCO, he noted a number of deficiencies under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards. “There were no safety nets and debris catcher. There were also no guard rails along the edges and in the wall openings and stairs of the building being constructed. Aside from this, our LLCO also found out that there were no sufficient construction safety signages and structural analysis of scaffolds used duly signed by a structural engineer,” said Sarcauga.
According to him, the management of said project also failed to present not only their Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP) but also their Health and Safety Committee. The administrative reports on Employer’s Work Accident or Illness Report; Annual Work Accident/Illness Exposure Data Report; and Annual Medical Report were also non-existent during the investigation.
For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel S. Taniza- Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at [email protected]