10 dead as scaffolding in Makati building collapses

MANILA, Philippines – At least 10 people were confirmed dead after a scaffolding on a building they were working on collapsed in Makati City today.

Reports quoted Police Chief Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio as saying that the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. from the 34th floor of the 40-storey Eton Residences on the corner of Paseo De Roxas and Gallardo Street in Makati.

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said the workers were standing on the platform at a high-rise building under construction. The platform had been elevated to the 32nd floor and then suddenly fell to the 7th floor.

The building has already been cordoned off by police.

Rescue teams from the Bureau of Fire Protection are recovering the victims’ bodies.

 

Eton to assist victims of accident at construction site

Eton Properties said it will extend assistance to the victims of today’s accident at one of its residential buildings in Makati City.

In a statement released today, Eton extended its condolences to the families of the victims of the accident at the construction site of the company’s condominium project on the corner of Paseo De Roxas and Gallardo Street in Legaspi Village, Makati.

“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families. Eton Properties would like to assure the public that the company is doing all it can to ensure that Eton and its contractor extend all necessary assistance to the victims,” Eton spokesperson Erwin de Pedro said.

At least 10 workers were killed after they fell from as high as the building’s 34th floor to the seventh floor after scaffolding bearing them collapsed. The workers are employees of Arlo Aluminum, a glass installer contracted to work on the condominium project.

De Pedro said the incident has prompted Eton to review the compliance of its contractors to safety regulations.

“Eton, its contractors and construction management consultant are cooperating with police authorities and the city engineer’s office as they investigate the cause of this accident. In the meantime, the company’s priority is to ensure that the victims’ families are informed and extended needed assistance by the contractor,” heo said. -Dino Maragay | philstar.com

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