Bridge worker falls to death

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A 34-year-old steel man died after he fell under the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cordova town, on Saturday morning, August 27, 2022.

PO2 Gerson Futalan, assistant investigator of Cordova Police Station, identified the victim as Jonas Batistis, of Sitio Indian, Barangay T. Padilla, Cebu City, who reportedly worked for Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) company.

Futalan told SunStar Cebu the incident happened around 8:20 a.m. on Saturday.

He said Batistis was standing on a temporary beam support with his co-worker Rolito when he accidentally slipped and fell 70 meters off the bridge.

Batistis landed at the bottom of the bridge's concrete post. He sustained a fracture on his right leg and a crack at the back of his head.

Local police brought the victim to Carajay Health Center in Lapu-Lapu City where he was pronounced dead.

"Base sa among imbestigasyon, it was purely accident kay ang statement sa nakakita sa maong panghitabo nga ka trabaho aning biktima, mao sad ang among nakita sa area nga nadisgrasya gyud ni siya." Futalan said.

(Based on our investigation, it was purely an accident according to his fellow worker who witnessed the incident, that's also our assessment that it was indeed an accident).

"We are still looking into the incident this morning. We have asked our contractor - the Cebu Link Joint Venture - for an update on the tragic incident. We will share with you updates as soon as we get them. Our thoughts are with the family of the worker. We express our deep condolences and we ask everyone to join us in prayers for his rest and for comfort to his family," the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) said in its statement following the incident.