One more Hanjin fatal accident


Subcontractor’s worker in death fall from rooftop

By JONAS REYES

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Another Hanjin shipyard worker died in the Redondo Peninsula here when he fell from the roof of a structure.

The latest fatality was the fourth death in the record of Hanjin shipyard subcontractor, Bodahh Inc., since last year.

Initial information gathered at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) showed that 19-year-old Arvy Mahinay, resident of Pasig City, fell from the roof of a shelter under construction when he tried to go after his falling helmet.

The accident occurred at about 4:10 p.m. last Wednesday at Hanjin’s Dockyard No. 5.

SBMA investigators said the victim was wearing a safety belt hooked to a lifeline while at work on the rooftop. However, when his helmet accidentally dropped, Mahinay reportedly unhooked his lifeline as he tried to retrieve the hard hat.

The victim reportedly slipped and fell on the ground, some 29 meters from the roof.

SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza said SBMA is conducting further investigation of the incident. He announced that SBMA has ordered the suspension of the operation of the subcontractor.

Mahinay’s employer, Bodahh manager Suk Ho Kang, was given 72 hours to show cause why the company’s certificate of registration should not be revoked.

Arreza said that SBMA is also studying the possible permanent cancellation of Bodahh’s accreditation in view of its involvement in a number of accidents at the Redondo project site.

In the past, three other workers of Bodahh were killed in accidents at the shipyard. Two of the fatalities also fell from the rooftop.

The first fatal victim employed by Bodahh fell from the roof of an assembly shop on Feb. 22 last year.

The second victim fell from a nine-meter-high structure on March 11, 2008. The third died in a vehicular accident last June 11.

The accident last Wednesday is the 14th fatal mishap at the Hanjin shipyard here, where some 15,000 workers are employed by the South Korean shipbuilder and its subcontractors.(MB)

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