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South Korea-MOEL Calls for Major Improvement of Construction Site Safety Infrastructure

  •   31 May 2019
  •    Deborah Xiong
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    Takehome: South Korea MOEL conducted investigations into 51 Daewoo E&C construction sites and published the investigation results.

    Lee Jae-kap, the minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor conducted planned investigation into 51 Daewoo E&C construction sites all over South Korea and published the investigation results. The investigation follows on from multiple fatal accidents (3 accidents and 4 people dead) which occurred this year and last year.

    This investigation targeted Daewoo E&C sites all over South Korea, focusing on assessing safety infrastructure and the appropriateness of safety and healthcare management systems. MOEL has certified that 131 items violated the industrial safety and healthcare law in 40 out of 51 sites (78.4%). MOEL required rectification of these issues. It is predicted that MOEL will undertake legal action after finding that 13 sites (55 items) had inappropriate measures to prevent workers falling. MOEL will also impose financial penalties on 34 sites (76 items) totaling to 65.58 million KRW. Meanwhile, MOEL requires Daewoo E&C increase safety investment, strengthen assistance provided to cooperative enterprises and increase the employment rate of official safety managers. MOEL will oversee and certify that all required improvements have been made.

    Park Young-men, the director of Industrial Accident Prevention and Compensation Bureau highlighted that the large construction enterprise should play an exemplary role in building safe working environments, and stated that construction enterprise should be well qualified and compliant with all relevant laws, subordinate statues etc.

    More questions, please contact with 044-202-7725, the Industrial Safety Department.

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