Parañaque suspends work at hospital construction accident site


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THE City of Parañaque has announced the suspension of construction work at the seven-storey The Premier Medical Center pending the completion of investigation into the deadly collapse of a hanging scaffolding that resulted in the death of one worker and serious injuries to eight others at the construction site Wednesday morning.

In a Notice of Violation sent to Dr. Roel Peña, president of The Premier Medical Center, Inc., and Engr. James Plaza of Plaza Business Ventures Corp., the building contractor, the Office of the City Building Official ordered a stop to all construction activities on the hospital building and cited the project’s “non-compliance with safety requirements for construction.”

The order was signed by Arch. Elmor Vita, the City Building official. It also instructed Plaza and the project’s safety engineer, Benjamin Blas Jr., to report immediately to the Office of the City Building Official to answer questions regarding the fatal accident.

A group of engineers from the Office of the City Building Official immediately went to the construction site at the AMVEL Compound in Bgy. San Dionisio to conduct a preliminary ocular inspection shortly after the incident, which occurred at 8:30 am. Wednesday.

City officials have so far determined that the proposed seven-storey hospital building project has an approved Construction and Safety Health Program from the Department of Labor and Employment issued on June 18, 2012.

The DOLE approval, which was furnished the Office of the City Building Official, listed Dr. Renato Bernabe as project owner and identified two safety officers as well as a first aid provider.

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