Two workers killed in another Hanjin 'freak' accident

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2008 03:48 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2008 11:48 PM

Two workers of a shipbuilding facility were killed after a 15-ton solid steel frame collapsed and fell on them while working at a steel stockyard of a Korean-owned Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation (HHIC) in Sitio Agusuhin, Barangay Cawag in Subic, Zambales before dawn Monday, ABS-CBN News learned Tuesday.

The report said police identified the victims as Neil Mojica and Eduardo Molina, both employees of Globe Distribution Services (Subic) Inc. in Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) and who were residents of Balaybay Resettlement in Castillejos, Zambales.

Investigations disclosed that at about 11:45 in the evening, Mojica and Molina, both assigned as "Sling men" at Quay Wall steel stockyard of Hanjin facility, were standing on top of a 15-tonner girder steel frame operated by a crane while victims were removing its shackles after it was placed horizontally on a trestle about 8-feet high from the ground.

Another worker Orlando Aguirre, a signal man on site, ordered the crane operator to hoist the boom after the shackles were removed when suddenly the steel frame measuring about 40-foot long and 6 feet high collapsed and fell pinning the victims on the ground.

Both the victim's bodies were crashed on the concrete pavement facing down. The two were killed instantly.

A worker told investigators when he was about to leave the area that he witnessed the trestle where the 15-ton steel frame was placed was not actually leveled. He pointed it out to other co-workers but it was too late, he said.

In less than two months, Five workers have been killed while working inside Hanjin's shipbuilding facility in the Redondo Peninsula in Subic, Zambales where a recent terrible accident occurred last January 17 this year killing two workers after a section of the ship they were working on suddenly exploded.

The bodies of Mojica and Molina were brought to Flores Funeral parlor in Barangay Mabayuan, Olongapo City for autopsy.

Meanwhile, officials from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) are now investigating the incident and may reportedly recommend the suspension of HHIC for another deadly accident.

A separate report received by ABS-CBN News said that HHIC-Phil general manager Pyeong Jong Yu, in a letter to the SBMA Tuesday, expressed "deepest regrets over another tragic accident" and said the company will "exert every means to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents."

He said Hanjin will also ask the subcontractor to settle "amicably and fairly" with the families of the victims as soon as possible.