By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) said the workplace accident involving veteran actor Eddie Garcia should serve as a lesson to everyone to take the Occupational Safety and Health Standards law seriously.
“The new OSH Law should be taken seriously. It is not intended for the manufacturing and construction industries only. It is intended for implementation and application in all industries, showbiz included,” FFW Vice President Julius Cainglet said.
This, he said is why they welcome the plan of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Occupational Safety And Health Center (OSHC) to probe the incident.
Earlier, a video showing Garcia tripping over a cable and falling to the ground while shooting for a teleserye circulated online.
The 90-year old actor died Thursday after being in a coma stemming from the cervical spine injury that he sustained.
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“Investigators should find out if basic OSH Standards were implemented, such as having a safety and health plan, an OSH Committee composed of employers and workers, and an OSH audit of the set prior to the start of Working days and Working hours,” said Cainglet.
“The set of a television series is definitely a workplace; and the producers, as employers, cannot deny this as the actors and crew are their employees,” he added.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said the OSHC is set to undertake a probe on the case of Garcia to find out if there was compliance to the OSH rules and standards, such as having an occupational safety officer.
The OSH law or Republic Act No. 11058 was passed in August 2018.