GMA Network: No Laws Were Violated In Eddie Garcia Accident
GMA – The GMA network had called into question the findings of a Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) officer which stated the network made at least three violations linked to the death of actor Eddie Garcia.
The renowned veteran actor passed away on June 20, 2019. The actor tripped on a cable while filming a GMA-7 television show in Tondo, Manila.
After Garcia tripped, he unfortunately broke his neck. This caused him to go into a coma.
In Early September, DoLE-National Capital Region (DoLE-NCR) Director Sarah Buena Mirasol made statement. She said the network made at least three violations of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) law.
According to the Manila Times, Mirasol stated that there was no OSH officer present on set. This meant that there was no personnel to ensure the safety of the set during filming.
She then added that GMA failed to present an incident report to the Labor department. The department requires that incident such as that should be reported within 24 hours.
However, in a comment made in September 16, the network stated they provided Garcia’s family the investigation result. They then added that they voluntarily gave the same report to DoLE in accordance with RA 11058.
It also stated that based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), there was an exception to the requirement. It stated that accidents resulting to major injuries or death doesn’t need to be reported within 24 hours.
Nevertheless, the report was submitted within a month from the date of the accident. The accident occurred on June 8, 2019.
GMA also contradicted claims that they had no safety officers present in the set. They also emphasized that they had a sufficient number of DoLE-certified safety officers.
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