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DOLE-RO I slaps P2.4-M penalties on OSH violators

 

More companies have been penalized for violating the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) law at the close of 2019, today the DOLE-Regional Office I bared. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said a total 27 companies–more than triple of those fined as of October in the same year–paid the amount of P2,435,000 after willfully failing to comply with the orders issued by the DOLE-RO I. 

“Our last year’s announcement of first batch of penalized employers came with a stern warning for those planning to disregard the law,” Director Lacambra said. 

The DOLE-RO I has been assisting establishments to comply with OSH regulations, but at the same time, the agency is intent on enforcing the law to the fullest extent possible, he told. 

Inspection findings revealed that the erring employers have committed the following infractions: lack of safety officer and trained first aider, safety signages and barricades, mandatory OSH orientation for workers, first aid kits, TESDA certificates for the operation of heavy equipment, OSH policies and reports, testing certificates for heavy equipment and fire fighting equipment; non-provision of safe drinking water and emergency medicines; poor housekeeping and non-registration of establishment. 

Fatal accidents even occurred in three companies prompting the DOLE-RO I to issue work stoppage orders. 

“We urge all companies to cooperate in nurturing a culture of safety and health in the workplace. Let us not forget the lessons of tragic accidents in the past,” the Regional Director said. 

The fines collected shall be utilized for the operation of OSH initiatives incentivizing qualified employers and workers in recognition of their efforts towards ensuring compliance with OSH and general labor standards, including OSH training and education as well as other inter-governmental programs and activities. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2020-01-20
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