Motorists are going to have to wait a little while longer for the Skyway Extension Project’s completion after a recent freak accident involving a crane caused a steel girder to fall on the East Service Road.
According to the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), last week’s crane and steel girder mishap has pushed the project’s completion date to February 2021. Prior to this, it was expected to be finished within December 2020. The company added that an investigation is already ongoing.
SMC head Ramon S. Ang has also issued an apology to all of those affected by the incident. In a statement, Ang said that SMC takes full responsibility for what happened despite being the proponent and not the contractor, and assured the families of those injured that the company will take care of them.
“Even with a contractor handling construction, ultimately, we are responsible for the welfare of those who were affected. I would like to personally apologize to the victims and their families, as well as to our larger community in Muntinlupa,” Ang said.
“This terrible and tragic accident has affected me in ways I can’t even begin to express. I have not stopped thinking about the people who were affected, the four that were injured and most especially, the person who perished, and his family. There are no words that can ease the grief of losing a loved one.”
Ang added that while numerous safety measures are in place for construction projects like the Skyway Extension, no one can predict outcomes like this.
“Regardless, we are working with authorities to determine the root cause of this incident. We will find out where lapses occurred and do whatever is necessary to help make sure they don’t happen again.”