2 people hurt due to tower crane collapse in Makati

MANILA – A biker and a taxicab driver were injured when a tower crane collapsed in a construction site along H.V. Dela Costa St. in Barangay Bel Air, Makati City on Thursday morning.

The collapsed crane also damaged some vehicles and electric posts and high tension wires, causing power outage in the area.

Police identified the injured biker as Romeo Lopez, 40, who suffered pains on the left shoulder and abrasions on the knees and elbows.

On the other hand, the taxi driver, identified as Ramon Romirosa, 47, showed signs of spinal injury.

Lopez and Romirosa were taken to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.

Acting Makati City Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña has pledged assistance to the two victims.

Peña also directed the Office of the Building Official (OBO) to immediately order the contractor, A.M. Oreta Construction Company, to halt all operations on the Salcedo SkySuites Building, a Megaworld project, while the investigation is underway.

“We are determined to establish what exactly went wrong and who should be liable for the unfortunate incident. Although nobody died, still there were people injured. Public safety is the foremost concern of the city government, and we will not tolerate negligence and non-compliance with our construction laws and standards,” Peña said.

Also on the mayor’s orders, the OBO immediately deployed two teams from the mechanical and enforcement sections to the site to conduct a thorough investigation on the incident.

Engr. Julio Cepeda, OBO Enforcement Unit officer-in-charge, said the investigation will focus on finding out whether or not all standard operating procedures have been observed, and what caused the tower crane to fall on the street.

Meanwhile, Peña acknowledged the quick response of the Makati Fire Department and Barangay San Antonio rescue teams, which were among the first to arrive on the scene and assisted the victims.

Meralco personnel also arrived soon to check on the fallen electric posts after being notified by the Makati Fire Department.

Public Safety (MAPSA) personnel also immediately responded at the scene to manage traffic flow in the area, after the collapsed tower crane blocked the street and rendered it impassable.

In a statement, A.M. Oreta Construction Company said that at around 7:50 a.m. Thursday, the crane, which was being set up in the construction site collapsed toward the road, affecting some electric posts and high tension wires, a taxicab and a parked car that happened to be in the area.

A.M. Oreta Construction Company, the contractor of Salcedo SkySuits, said it will shoulder the medical expenses of the two victims.

Mega World said it is also currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.