Early findings of the investigation held by the Department of Labor and Employment on the death of Eddie Garcia has revealed that GMA-7 fell short in complying with its safety requirement, chief Silvestre Bello III confirmed Wednesday.
In an interview with the press, Bello said that the network’s lack of compliance to have a safety officer overseeing every activity resulted to the accident and later passing of the veteran actor.
Sharing the findings of the Occupational Safety and Health Center, which he tasked to execute the probe, he told reporters, “There was lack of compliance with the requirement that in every activity there should be a safety officer… They didn’t have one. Otherwise, Eddie Garcia would not have died.”
In July, GMA-7 released an official statement confirming that it has finished the internal investigation on the accident involving Eddie. However, they intend to share the findings with Garcia’s family first before releasing it to the public.
On June 8, the veteran star figured in an accident during the shooting of a television series he was starring in. Initial reports stated that he suffered from a heart attack. However, the family has since clarified that Eddie tripped on a wire and sustained a neck injury before eventually slipping into a coma.
He died almost two weeks later.
Following his death, a number of celebrities and lawmakers have called for better measures to safe-guard the welfare and well-being of actors in the entertainment industry.