Construction work along the Jadjad Bridge of the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) expansion recently came to a halt. And it was a deadly one.
A steel girder collapsed on one of the segments of the Jadjad bridge just before entering Subic. The freak accident killed 2 construction workers while three others were injured.
According to initial investigations, a steel framework, which is part of the superstructure of the Jadjad Bridge currently under construction, fell off a column. This resulted in the deaths of Marvin L. Tajores (41) of Masinloc, Zambales, and Vicencio T. Pamisa (57) of Cagayan de Oro who were pinned to death by the massive structure.
NLEX Corporation stressed that despite all of the safety precautions and procedures in place, they have yet to determine what actually caused the steel structure to collapse. They are currently conducting an investigation in order to find out what caused the accident.
Wilma T. Eisma, chairman and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), expressed regret over the accident. She is also hopeful that a thorough investigation will uncover the cause and prevent a similar event from happening again. Meanwhile, NLEX Corporation said that they have assured that affected workers of the families will be provided assistance at this unfortunate time.
With the investigation underway, NLEX Corporation also announced that they are temporarily suspending construction works at the Jadjad Bridge site until further safety and preventive measures are in place.
As of August, construction on the SFEX expansion project was already at 50%. The NLEX Corporation originally planned to have it opened to the public by the end of the year. But with the Jadjad Bridge incident, it looks like they will have to push back the deadline.