Korean foreman dies in Hanjin mishap

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:12:00 01/26/2009

Filed Under: Accidents (general)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A Korean foreman died at the shipyard of the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines in Subic, Zambales, after he was hit and ran over by a forklift operated by a Filipino worker there on Sunday.

Armand Arreza, administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, confirmed the 12:45 a.m. incident, which came a day after the death of worker Raldon del Rosario, 19, on Friday.

Arreza identified the latest victim as Choi Dong Baek. Baek died at the San Marcelino District Hospital in San Marcelino, Zambales, at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Arreza said the forklift driver, Menti Dacanay, has been held at the site.

He said Dacanay began his shift at the shipyard’s Assembly Shop C at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Work at the shipyard has been on a 24-hour basis. The Korean shipbuilding firm has finished four of the 13 ships it is scheduled to do up to 2013.

Arreza said Baek’s death “appeared accidental.”

At the shop, forklifts are used to move metal plates and ship components, he said.

Baek was the first known accident fatality among Korean employees. His death brought to 19 the number of fatalities from work- and traffic-related accidents at the shipyard since 2006, according to the company’s tally.

Del Rosario died from massive head injury after an 800-kg metal door installed on Assembly Shop 3 crashed on him and hit his head. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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