Worker at 3rd bridge plunges to his death

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A 34-YEAR-OLD steel worker died after accidentally falling off the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cordova town, on Saturday morning, Aug. 27, 2022.

Corp. Gerson Futalan, assistant investigator of the Cordova Police Station, identified the victim as Jonas Batistis of Sitio Indian, Barangay T. Padilla, Cebu City. The victim reportedly worked for the Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) company, the contractor doing work at the CCLEX.

Futalan told SunStar Cebu the incident happened around 8:20 a.m.He said Batistis was standing on a temporary beam support with his co-worker Rolito Ducalang and was conducting maintenance work 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 Batistis to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital but he was already dead then.

Futalan said that based on their investigation, Batistis’ death was purely accidental.

To cooperate with investigation

In a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Saturday, officials of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. said they are cooperating with police in investigating Batistis’ death.

“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,” CCLEC added.