52 people died at a wastewater treatment plant for over 7 years… “Possibility of Applicability of the Serious Disaster Act”

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In the past 7 years, 52 workers have died while working at sewage and wastewater treatment plants, it was found.

In such an accident, there is a high possibility that the Act on the Punishment of Serious Accidents will be applied, so special attention is required from business owners and managers.

According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor on the 20th, 52 people (32 cases) were killed in accidents that occurred at septic tanks, excrement, wastewater, and liquid waste treatment facilities from 2015 to recent years.

By accident type, suffocation was the most at 32 (21 cases), followed by fire/explosion (16 cases) (7 cases), drowning (3 cases), and burns (1 case).

By facility, wastewater/waste treatment facilities accounted for the most with 30 (18 cases), followed by septic tanks (8 cases (5 cases)), sewage pipelines (7 cases (4 cases)), water storage/retention facilities (4 cases (3 cases), and storage tanks (3 cases) (2 cases). case) followed.

By job description, 19 people for cleaning and treatment (12 cases), 10 people for maintenance and repair (7 cases), 11 people for hot work (5 cases), 4 people for construction (2 cases), and 8 people (6 cases) for others.

In particular, the Ministry of Labor recently issued a ‘danger alert’ from the 25th to the 30th of the following month, saying that fire and explosion accidents have been rapidly increasing in septic tanks and wastewater/waste treatment facilities.

The wastewater storage tank is filled with flammable gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide.

Therefore, the Ministry of Labor urged the Ministry of Labor to never perform any work that could generate sparks, such as welding or melting, without appropriate safety measures to prevent fire and explosion accidents.

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In addition, a ventilation system should be installed so that it is always operated, and if a person enters, check the gas concentration and remove the gas before working.

An official from the Ministry of Labor said, “When the weather gets warmer, more flammable gases are generated from septic tanks and sewage and wastewater treatment facilities.” emphasized.

The Serious Accident Punishment Act, which came into effect on January 27 this year, makes it possible to punish business owners and managers who fail to fulfill their obligations to prevent accidents in the event of a serious industrial accident, such as the death of a worker, at a workplace of a certain size or larger.

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