|▲ Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today|
The late Kim Yong-gyun, a subcontract worker in his twenties, lost his life at dawn on December 11 while checking the facility operation alone during the night shift at the Taean Thermal Power Plant of the Korea Western Power in South Chungcheong Province.
The accident is all about the same as the death of a young subcontract worker happened two years ago, who was also working alone in repairing the screen door of a subway station in Seoul. These fatal accidents are not isolated cases, but it occurs every day, taking life of subcontract workers, more than one person a day without being reported properly anywhere at the workplaces.
The figure is based on an analysis that the Labor Today has made on December 16 by using the data on the ‘situation of fatal industrial accidents of subcontract workers during the recent 5 years(from 2014 to July 2018)’ accumulated by the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL). The data is the collection of serious industrial accidents of injuries and deaths inflicted upon subcontract workers reported by the MOEL local offices.
According to the data, 1,338 industrial accidents which claimed more than one life occurred in the past 5 years from 2014 up until July this year. The number of fatalities reached 1,426 persons during the period which means that 26 subcontract workers died of industrial accidents a month in average.
The yearly records of fatal accidents are as follows: 242 deaths with 39 injuries in 2014; 333 deaths with 49 injuries in 2015; 360 deaths with 48 injuries in 2016; 319 deaths with 60 injuries; 172 deaths with 59 injuries as of July in 2018. The causes of the fatal industrial accidents vary like stuck between machines, falling from work platform, burn, electric shocks, blasts and explosions, hit by machines or objects, drowning, gas leak, crushes, cuts, material falls, suffocation, and so forth.
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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