The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) found out that GMA, one of the country’s leading networks, has violated work safety standards in the fatal accident of veteran actor Eddie Garcia.
On Wednesday, during the hearing of the House of Representatives on DOLE’s proposed budget for 2020, Director Sarah Mirasol of DOLE-NCR mentioned GMA’s failure to assign safety and first aid personnel on the site.
Aside from that, it was not able to comply with the submission of an incident report within 24 hours.
“We conducted a mandatory conference already. We notified them of the violations [in] our findings which are the following: the non-submission of report within 24 hours, the non-provision of safety officer and also the non-provision of first aid in the worksite,” Mirasol said.
She also said the network and its contractors asked the department for more time to issue their statement regarding the initial findings.
The next meeting with GMA will be on September 16 and DOLE is expected to provide the final resolution on the incident.
After the actor’s death, the agency drew its attention in worksite inspections, especially in those that involve high-risk jobs including construction work.
Last June 8, Garcia suffered from a neck fracture when he tripped on a cable wire while filming an upcoming TV series for GMA. He then passed away on June 20 after weeks of being unconscious.
This incident further gave rise to the revision of the Occupational Safety and Health Law, a bill that provides the rights of employees as well as the duties of employers, workers, and other individuals.
Employers can be penalized up to P100,000 for failing to correct their violation.