[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Kim Hyeon-gu = A representative of a construction company accused of failing to prepare safety measures and causing a worker to fall to his death has been handed over to trial. This is the first case in which a violation of the Serious Disaster Penalty Act has been implemented in the Seoul Prosecutor’s Office.
On the 2nd, Public Investigation Department 3 of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office (Chief Prosecutor Lee Jun-beom) identified Mr. Lee, the CEO of a construction company in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, without detention on charges of violating the Serious Disaster . Penalty Act.
|[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Jeong Il-gu = Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, Seocho-gu, Seoul. 2020.01.09 firstname.lastname@example.org|
In March last year, worker B died of head injuries after falling to the fourth basement floor while painting the vents on the third basement floor of a new building construction site in Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul.
The prosecution determined that Mr B’s death was due to the fact that the site manager, an employee of Company A, did not make the workers wear safety helmets and seat belts and did not install seat belt hooks. Prosecutors believed that company A had breached its safety obligation by failing to install fall protection facilities.
An official from the prosecution said, “Mr. Lee did not prepare a procedure to identify and improve harmful and risk factors, nor did he prepare a budget for disaster prevention personnel, facilities, equipment, and to improve harmful and risk factors. “He caused the death of workers because they did not prepare standards for performance evaluation.”
According to the prosecution, when the site’s safety manager resigned four months before the accident, Mr Lee did not hire a replacement and appointed an employee at headquarters as the nominal safety manager, citing the burden of labor costs and labor shortages. The prosecution considered that the complacent response of Mr. Lee was the cause of the fatal accident.
Lee commented several times by the Ministry of Employment and Labor and others about the lack of fall protection facilities.
An officer from the prosecution said, “Immediately after the incident, we worked closely with the Employment and Labor Office and the police to quickly collect and secure documents relating to company A’s health and safety management and closely review related legal principles.” do our best to protect you.”