95 people died in construction site fires over 5 years, 37% of them were in logistics centers

▲ Ministry of Employment and Labor

On the morning of the 1st, the Ministry of Employment and Labor held a meeting to prevent fires at construction sites in winter at the Vocational Competency Review and Assessment Service in Jung-gu, Seoul with eight construction companies that are building logistics centers. This meeting was prepared to discuss safety management measures ahead of the enforcement of the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents, etc. on January 27, next year.

According to the Ministry of Labor, 95 people died in fire accidents at construction sites from 2016 to last year. By construction type, the rate of fatalities from fire accidents at logistics centers was the highest (37%). It is followed by residential and commercial buildings (28%) and factories (13%). In April last year, 38 people lost their lives in a fire at the Han Express Logistics Center in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do.

In the case of a fire at the construction site of a logistics center, special attention and management are required because it is highly likely to lead to a major disaster. Logistics center fire accidents are more dangerous due to the use of insulation (urethane foam), complex internal structure, and lack of extinguishing time. Ministry of Labor △Insulation material does not ignite well, but burns rapidly above 400 degrees Celsius and toxic gas is generated during combustion. Educate them to always recognize the evacuation route while working and secure a temporary evacuation route △After a fire is recognized, smoke spreads in 2-3 minutes, and the entire fire spreads in only 10 minutes. asked to educate. In addition, he emphasized that it is possible to prevent fire and minimize damage through measures such as removal of various ignition sources, prohibition of hot work in the presence of combustibles, prohibition of simultaneous work with dangerous elements, maintenance of firefighting facilities, and establishment of an emergency contact network.

The Ministry of Labor said that the construction companies participating in the meeting agreed with the risk of fire accidents at the construction site and decided to actively manage even small fire risk factors so that a disaster such as the Icheon Logistics Center fire would not recur. Kim Gyu-seok, director of industrial accident prevention supervision policy at the Ministry of Labor, said, “We will continue to provide guidance and inspection to reduce fatal accidents and prevent fires at construction sites.”


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