Manila, Philippines – Two Filipino safety engineers were killed while another sustained minor injuries when their vehicle figured in an accident in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Reports identified the victims as Carlos C. Borlaza, the driver of the vehicle, and Arthur Angeles.
The injured was identified as Rene de Lara. He suffered only minor injuries. Investigations revealed that they were returning to their camp in Safaniyah when the left front tire assembly of the Toyota Prado service car they were riding in suddenly detached, causing the vehicle to turn over several times, in Kursaniyah.
Borlaza, who was supposed to graduate yesterday from the basic occupational safety and health course conducted by the Philippine Society of Safety Practioners-Middle East (PSSP-ME), was pinned under the wreckage of the vehicle, while Angeles was thrown out of the car, presumably because he was not wearing a seat belt.
They both died on the spot. (Roy C. Mabasa)