Firm to review safety measures amid engineer’s death

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


THE Therma South Incorporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, vowed to review its contractor and subcontractors' safety measures in its energy project in Toril in Davao City following the death of their construction engineer.

Police identified the victim as Hongbing Sha, a Chinese national, 38, transient resident of Yap Apartment in Barangay Binugao, Toril in Davao City. Sha died after he was accidentally hit by a pulley while supervising the construction of the coal plant in Lower Binugao on Friday.

Wilfredo Rodolfo, Aboitiz Power Branding and Communications manager for Mindanao, said in a statement e-mailed to Sun.Star Davao on Tuesday that the Therma South Inc. extends its deepest sympathies to the families of the victim.

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"The Therma South regrets very much the unfortunate incident. We'll thoroughly review our contractors and subcontractors safety measures to ensure that this does not happen again," Rodolfo said.

Rodolfo added their company has also notified the pertinent government agencies and will cooperate with the proper government authorities who are expected to conduct inquiries and investigations on the incident.

"We're currently investigating the cause of the accident. We would issue another detailed statement as soon as we have established the facts," Rodolfo said.

Record from the Toril Police Station showed that the incident happened around 4 p.m. in Lower Binugao in Toril. The victim was supervising the construction of a coal plant when a pulley fell and hit his face, thus, his severe injury.

Sha was rushed to the Davao Medical Adventist Hospital in Bangkal, but was announced dead on arrival. The cadaver of the victim lies in state at the Cosmopolitan Davao.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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