OSHC to investigate GMA over Eddie Garcia’s fatal accident

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello said on Friday that the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) is looking into the accident involving the late veteran actor Eddie Garcia during the taping of Rosang Agimat last June 8.

“It is not the DOLE that will investigate but the Occupational Safety and Health Center,” Bello said in an interview at the wake of the 90-year-old movie and television personality in Taguig City.

The DOLE chief directed the OSHC to find out if GMA complied with OSH’s rules and standards.

“Need bigyan value workplace ng workers, napakahalaga ‘yun.” he said.

On June 8, Garcia was shooting a scene in Tondo, Manila where he needed to cross the street when he reportedly tripped on a cable wire, causing him to fall.

He was in coma for twelve days and died on June 20.

GMA Network said it was still investigating the absence of a medical team when the accident happened.

READ: GMA Network investigates absence of Medical Team at Rosang Agimat set

In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the OSH Law, which ensures a safe and healthful workplace for workers by affording them full protection against all hazards at work.

The law provides that any person who manages, controls, or supervises the work is compelled to ensure that the place of employment is safe for workers, and should be free from hazardous conditions likely to cause death, illness, or physical harm to workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards was formulated in 1978 and was revised in 1989. It was created in compliance with the constitutional mandate to safeguard the worker’s social and economic well-being as well as his physical safety and health.

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