Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that GMA-7 may face penalties over the on-set injury and passing of veteran actor Eddie Garcia who was involved in an accident while shooting an upcoming Kapuso series.
While the agency’s Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) is still inspecting on-set practices of the TV station, Bello told CNN Philippines that GMA could face monetary fine and even suspension of operations if found liable.
The law sets a maximum fine of ₱100,000 per day which covers cases of death, serious injury or serious illness while in the workplace.
“Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law, kailangan merong OSH officer in every establishment. You make the workplace safe and compliant with health standards.”
“Iinspeksyunin nila kung tama ‘yung pagkahawak kay Mr. Eddie Garcia. Kung merong safety and health officer, baka nabigyan ng tamang treatment when he had that accident,” Bello added.
Last June 8, the veteran actor tripped on a wire while shooting an action scene on set. He sustained neck fracture and was in a comma for several days before passing away last June 20.
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