Crane Accidents

Overloading Caused Deadly Construction Mishap in Makati

01/28/11

Manila, Phillipines

An arson investigator of the Bureau of Fire in Makati City said on Friday overloading caused the construction accident at the Eton Residences where 10 workers died.

Senior Fire Officer 1 Jerson Montada said the gondola lift, without equipment, only has a capacity of 4 to 5 people.

Instead of patiently waiting for their turn, Montada said 11 construction workers all boarded the gondola lift.

He said that based on initial investigations, the construction workers were in a hurry to take their lunch break.

Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio on Thursday said the workers fell from the 32nd floor of the building after the gondola lift gave way.

“What we received is they were working outside the building at the 32nd floor and they fell to the 7th floor,” he told radio dzMM.

Eton spokesperson Erwin de Pedro said the workers fell from a suspended “gondola” – a basket-like platform used for installing glass windows. The workers are employees of ARLO Aluminum, a glass contractor/installer of the condominium project.

Based on witnesses’ accounts, De Pedro said the workers rode the gondola lift instead of taking the stairs during their break time.

De Pedro said the cable holding the gondola could have snapped.

Meantime, the eleventh worker who also fell from the skyscraper was reported to be in stable condition on Friday.

Doctors said the lone survivor, Rowel Perez, has a fracture in his right arm, right thigh, and pelvis. His blood pressure and hemoglobin count were still low.

Perez was undergoing blood transfusion since he had already lost 2 liters of blood from his injuries.

Doctors said Perez was already conscious and placed under close observation due to possible complications.

— with reports from Sol Aragones and Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

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