Back to work at Keppel

Singapore-owned Keppel Subic Shipyard has resumed operations after complying with corrective measures ­issued by the Philippines’ ­Department of Labour & Employment (DOLE) on a recent incident resulting in the deaths of six workers at the yard.

The DOLE has lifted the “cease and desist order” issued on 24 October on Keppel’s compliance with recommended “corrective measures on occupational safety and health”, Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement.

These recommendations cover the accreditation of safety practitioners and enhancement of safety procedures that apply to a ship repair job.

DOLE has also advised Keppel that the company’s subcontractors have to comply with health and safety and general labour standards, and must submit evidence of compliance to an accredited organisation.

Six workers were killed and six others injured in early October when a stern ramp collapsed after its supporting scaffolding was hit by another ramp during a ship repair job at Keppel Subic Shipyard.

Keppel has pledged to give ­financial help to the victims and their families.


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