UPDATED: 10 construction workers killed after falling off Eton Tower in Legazpi Village, Makati
UPDATED (January 28, 8 a.m.): A violation of the Safety and Health Standards could have caused yesterday’s accident that killed 10 construction workers, said the Department of Labor and Employment’s Occupational Safety and Health Center, reports ABS-CBN News. During their break time, at least 10 workers were said to have been on the platform, which can only accommodate two to three people, that fell apart.
PUBLISHED (January 27): Ten construction workers were killed after falling from the 32nd floor to the 7th floor of Eton Tower in Makati today, according to an ABS-CBN News report. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, Jr. said the workers were installing glass windows from outside the building when the platform they were standing on fell apart.
In a statement, Eton Properties said, "So far, sketchy reports indicate that 11 workers were involved in the accident when the ’suspended (gondola),’ a basket-like platform used by workers (to install) glass windows, fell down from the 20th floor." They said they are "trying to determine the facts and exact cause of the accident" and will issue a statement later.
"Our immediate concern is to bring the workers to the nearest hospital so they can be given emergency medical attention," Eton Properties said.
Eton Tower is located at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Gallardo Streets. According to the report, Binay has ordered the real estate company to stop the construction until they can ensure the safety of their workers.
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