In Zambales, DOLE issues cease-and-desist order to Hanjin subcontractor for fatal accident Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that Finback Corporation, a subcontractor of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation Philippines (HHIC-Phils) has been ordered to cease and desist from continuing its work until such time that it has complied with safety and health and other labor laws compliances after an accident in its workplace claimed the life of a worker. “We have today issued a cease-and-desist order (CDO) to Finback Corporation,” reported Agravante. The CDO was issued based on the results of the accident investigation conducted by Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCOs) Engr. Angelito Longos and Jose Roberto Navata which revealed that Ryan E. Gacus, 29, a welder and fitter of Finback Corporation, died after sustaining second-degree burns when a gas-hose of oxy-ethylene being used by victim while conducting cutting and fit-up work accidentally exploded. The accident occurred at around 3:00 P.M. on 30 April at a box beam inside a trans-bulkhead labeled as Site PO110-Block 2507 at the Hanjin Shipyard in Subic, Zambales. According to the result of the investigation, the victim was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital to get some treatment, but died hours later. In evaluating the condition of the accident area, Agravante reported to Baldoz that considering the condition of the tools used by the victim, the probable cause of the incident is due to existence of a pinhole at the middle portion of the gas-hose used in cutting works. “This might have been the result of the set-up, or constant pulling of the hose, inside the work area. With such a small leak from the pinhole on the hose, workers could not detect the gas leak from the tools used. The damaged portion of the hose might have been placed near the victim while he was relocating/re-positioning the tools for a more comfortable working condition. Thus, when the cutting torch was lighted, the hose instantly exploded at the victim resulting to burn injuries,” Agravante explained. Agravante said that after ocular inspection, the DOLE labor law compliance officers met with HHIC and Finback officials, namely, Technical/Safety Manager Jung Hyeon Eom and Safety Practitioners Kevin Merced and John Ray Agat, during which they . asked the HHIC and Finback officials to comply with/submit the following: (a) Basic Safety Awareness Training for ten percent of Finback Corporation’s skilled workers; (b) Employer’s Accident-Illness Report; (c) Accident/Incident Report with photos attached; (d) Police Report; (e) Medical Abstract; (f) Employment Record/Contract; (g) Work Methodology/Procedure; (h) Employee’s Profile; (i) Employee Safety Orientation (HSE Education Report); (j) Proof of acknowledgement receipts of Social/Welfare benefits; and (k) Proof of salary payments, remittance for SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig. “The LLCOs also discussed during the conference that a temporary stoppage work order, or cease-and-desist order, shall be issued covering the the area of the incident, thus, our issuance of the CDO served by LLCO Jose Roberto Navata,” Agravante said. He assured workers and the public that the DOLE regional office is cooperating closely with HHIC and Finback Corporation in working out financial assistance and other social benefits due the victim and his family. END/Jerry Borja/TSSD1 for Labor Relations and Standards

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