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Labor Department must inspect Eton Centris work site to determine safety conditions

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“The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) through its labour inspectors must immediately conduct safety inspection on the Eton Centris work site to determine whether safety standards where followed or if there were violations which places the lives of workers at risk.”

This was the statement of the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD), a non-profit, non-governmental health and environmental safety organization, today after a construction site in Quezon City was involved in an accident.

According to news reports, a portion of the building, located at EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, collapsed while workers were pouring cement. No one was reportedly hurt despite some reports received by the Quezon City DPOS that there was one injured worker.

“Even if no injury or death resulted from the accident, the DoLE must still inspect the site if work can continue safely,” said Noel Colina, Executive Director of the IOHSAD. “According to Rule 1012.02 Abatement of Imminent Danger of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, the DoLE must establish that there exists no imminent danger posed by the workplace to the workers for work to continue. If there is imminent danger, there must be work stoppage to protect the life and limbs of the workers.”

Another news report said that according to Quezon City Mayo Herbert Bautista, the work site does not have a building permit. “If the work site does not even have a building permit, the more reason for the DoLE to inspect and determine what else this work site has violated,” opined Colina.

Last January 27, 2011, 11 construction workers fell from the 32nd floor of the Eton Residences in Makati where 10 workers died.