DOLE orders Skyway contractors to pay fine

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    THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday ordered the contractor and subcontractors of the Skyway Extension Project to pay fines amounting to a total of P380,000 per day on the heels of the accident that occurred in a segment of its worksite in Muntinlupa City last month.

    In a seven-page order, the DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) slapped administrative fines against the contractor, EEI Corp., and subcontractors Mayon Machinery Rentrade Inc. and Bauer Foundations Philippines Inc. for their failure to comply with existing occupational safety and health (OSH) standards.

    EEI Corp. was fined P170,000 due to violations of submission of reportorial requirements; death, serious injury or illness; and lack of third party inspection certificate while Bauer Foundations was fined P130,000 for violating additional fire extinguisher requirements; safety signage; directional signage; and proof of clear access for workers and employees.
    Mayon Machinery was fined P80,000 for violations on OSH standards and in safety guidelines and procedures on crane operations.

    The order said the fines will be applicable for each day of non-compliance beginning the day the order has been received and until the violations are fully rectified.

    Last month, a motorcycle rider was killed and six others were injured after a steel bar from a portion of the Skyway extension project in Muntinlupa City crashed onto passing vehicles below.

    This resulted to the issuance of a work stoppage order (WSO) over the affected area of the construction project and mandatory labor inspection. A supplemental WSO was also issued covering the entire stretch of the project but was immediately lifted by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who cited the “utmost national importance” of the Skyway Extension Project.

    “(The law) provides that any willful failure or refusal of an employer, contractor, or subcontractor to comply with OSH standards or with a compliance order issued by the Secretary of Labor and Employment or his/her authorized representative shall be penalized of administrative fines,” said DOLE-NCR.

    “In view of the non-compliance and despite the opportunities to rectify deficiencies, this Office finds that such failure to comply is willful and intentional. Hence, the imposition of Administrative Fine is proper,” it added.

    The WSO issued against the affected area of the project remains in effect, according to DOLE spokesman Rolly Francia.

    “The order is silent on the lifting of the WSO. It means that the WSO stays until such time that the compliance is met. They first have to comply with the order and pay their penalties, then another order will probably be issued,” Francia said in a virtual press briefing.