|▲ In 2017, a total of 39 employees of Korea Post lost their lives, due to suicides(9), traffic accidents(8), brain cardiovascular diseases(10), cancers(10) and others(2).|
It is confirmed that last year, among the total number of employees of Korea Post, 39 workers lost their lives. 10 employees died of the brain cardiovascular disease which is called 'death from overwork' and 9 employees committed suicides. It appears to be the outcome of the shadow of death, the excessive long working hours of 2,869 a year.
According to the information provided to the Labor Today by Rep. Kang Byung-won of the ruling Democratic Party on Apr. 22 on the 'list of employees of Korea Post who lost their lives in 2017', the total number of deaths was 39. Looking into the causes of the deaths, brain cardiovascular diseases and cancers are 10 cases respectively, the highest among the causes of vocational deaths, and followed by suicides(9) traffic accidents(8) and other diseases(2) like hepatic cirrhosis.
Of 39 deaths, eight deaths were recognized as work-related fatalities; five deaths from overwork and suicides which are, in other words, deaths and suicides from overwork, with three traffic accidents. The overall mortality rate in Korea was 0.96 deaths per 10,000 persons in 2016, but the mortality rate in Korea Post last year reached 2.09 deaths per 10,000 persons in 2017. It means that employees of Korea Post are twice more likely to die of work-related accidents and diseases than workers in other workplaces.
reported by Kim Mi-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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