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For death of 3 workers inside septic tank, Contractor must be punished for violating safety standards – KMU

“We cry for justice for the death of three construction workers due to suffocation inside a septic tank. Contractors who treat workers as mere construction equipment, not as humans, should be punished.”

This was the statement of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno in response to the death of three construction workers and injury of three others because of suffocation inside a septic tank in a construction site in Batangas yesterday, condemning the contractor, EZP Technohub Mabz Builders, for lack of safety measures on the site.

According to reports, the victims were cleaning a deep septic tank in the proposed warehouse of Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas yesterday when a scaffolding collapsed. Other workers went inside the septic tank upon learning of the incident, but they also collapsed due to suffocation.

The Malvar police chief identified the fatalities as Romulo Alvarez, Nardito Igloso and Ronal Alimbo, and the injured as Genaro Igloso, Terasio Ondoy and Librado Jaranilla, all construction workers of EZP Technohub Mabz Builders.

“We express our deepest condolences for the families of Alvarez, Igloso and Alimbo. They are casualties of the state of impunity that is prevailing in the construction industry, thanks to the Aquino government’s subservience to big capitalists,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“EZP Technohub Mabz Builders should be held accountable for making the workers go inside a deep and wide septic tank which has a very narrow opening for oxygen and without any safety gears. That act by itself is proof of a clear disregard for workers’ lives and safety,” Labog added.

KMU also said that this mishap highlights the prevailing climate of impunity in construction sites and other dangerous workplaces under the Aquino regime.

“The Eton tragedy where 10 construction workers died, the crane mishap in Megaworld Corp.’s condominium project where one construction worker died, and the many other cases of violation of labor rights and safety standards are examples of employers’ and contractors’ disregard for workers’ lives and safety. Such grave crimes against workers are being promoted by the Aquino regime in not doing anything to bring justice to victims and their families and in not enforcing regulatory measures,” said Labog.

Reference Person: 
Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson
Contact information: 
0908-1636597

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