Bag Containing Human Waste Found in New Flat During Inspection
A prospective resident was shocked to discover a bag containing human waste in a newly built flat during a preliminary inspection. The incident occurred just two months before the resident was due to move in to the property.
Mr. A, the prospective resident, had been diligently saving money for several years to purchase a new home in Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do. However, his excitement quickly turned to disgust when he opened the bedroom door during the inspection and was met with a foul odor resembling a sewage-filled bathroom.
“There was a black plastic bag in the room emitting the smell. When I opened it, I found human waste along with used tissue,” Mr. A shared his horrifying experience.
To his dismay, the construction company worker accompanying him seemed nonchalant about the situation and left Mr. A to deal with the disgusting find on his own. Outraged and mentally distressed, Mr. A sought compensation for the damages, including a request for the construction company to replace his newly purchased flat.
However, the construction company dismissed his claims, stating that they were not responsible for any changes or financial compensation at this stage of the pre-inspection. They agreed only to address the replacement of the bathroom ceiling, wallpaper, and to conduct antibacterial treatment.
Furthermore, the construction company suggested that the incident might be an act of sabotage perpetrated by an unidentified party. They reported the incident to the police and are currently cooperating in the search for the culprit.
Unfortunately, incidents involving human waste in construction sites or new apartments are not uncommon. In most cases, these unsanitary conditions arise due to a lack of adequate toilets and poor working conditions for construction workers.
Currently, there is no legal provision concerning the installation of toilets based on the number of workers or requiring toilets on every second floor in high-rise buildings. This lack of regulations poses a significant challenge to improving the situation.
Last year, the issue of human waste in newly built flats sparked debates, leading to a proposed amendment to the law. The amendment sought to mandate the installation of toilets on every fifth floor of high-rise buildings. However, it is still awaiting approval by the Standing Committee of the National Assembly.
This incident highlights the urgent need for construction sites to provide sufficient rest areas, including restrooms, and for construction companies to take responsibility and implement measures to prevent such incidents from recurring.
In conclusion, the discovery of a bag containing human waste in a new flat during an inspection raises concerns about the quality of construction and the overall welfare of construction workers. It emphasizes the necessity for stricter regulations and improved working conditions to ensure a safe and hygienic environment in residential properties.
A bag containing human waste came from the ceiling of a newly built flat with less than two months left until moving in.
A prospective resident visited for a preliminary inspection and found it and even cleaned it himself, but the construction company responded that there was no problem because they hadn’t moved in yet.
The report is reported by Y and Lim Ye-jin.
Mr. A worked hard to save money in a studio apartment for several years and bought a new home in a new apartment in Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do.
On the 15th, I was shocked when looking for a house to move into in November for a preliminary inspection.
[A 씨 / 아파트 입주 예정자 : 안방 문을 여는 순간 푸세식 화장실 같은 악취가 쏟아졌어요. 검은색 비닐봉지가 있더라고요. 그 비닐봉지에서 악취가 나서 비닐봉지를 꺼내서 열어 보니까 사람 인분이 들어있고 그 사람이 해결한 휴지까지 같이….]
The cause of the bad smell was nothing less than human waste.
The construction company worker who was with him left as if it was no big deal, and Mr A had to personally throw away the bag containing the human waste.
Subsequently, Mr A complained of mental pain and sought compensation for damages, including replacement of generations.
However, the construction company said it was in the pre-inspection stage before moving in and was not responsible for changing the house or providing financial compensation, and only promised to replace the bathroom ceiling, wallpaper, and to treat with antibacterial treatment.
He added that it appears to be the work of the police trying to harm them, and that they have reported it to the police and are looking for the culprit.
[건설사 관계자 : 저희도 누군가가 어떻게 보면 우리 현장을 음해하려고 그렇게 했다는 거에 대해서 상당히 지금 어떻게 보면 분개를 하고 있고….]
It is not uncommon for human waste to be found in construction sites or new apartments.
Most of the time, these marks are left behind when workers relieve themselves inside a building under construction.
The main cause is the serious lack of toilets and the poor working conditions in which they are installed outdoors on the first floor.
Since it takes 20 to 30 minutes to go to the bathroom once, workers who need to work quickly are forced to run errands in the construction zone.
[전재희 / 민주노총 건설노조 노동안전보건실장 : 지금 현재 법 조항에는 인원수 대비해서 변기를 설치하게 하는 조항이 안 되어 있고, 두 개 층마다 화장실이 설치돼 있으면 좋겠다는 건데 이거에 대해서는 전혀 법 반영은 안 되어 있고요.]
Last year, the issue of human waste in newly built flats became the subject of considerable debate, and an amendment to the law was proposed requiring toilets on every fifth floor on high-rise building sites as well, but it is still expected in Standing Committee of the National Assembly.
Problem with human waste in new flats. Rather than treating it as a simple incident, it seems urgent that construction sites ensure sufficient rest areas such as rest rooms and that construction companies take responsible steps to prevent this from happening again.
This is YTN Lim Ye-jin.
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