“We don’t push our backs because it’s an accident. We also have shared responsibility, so we apologized. I did my best to try and pray to save the deceased, but I am sorry to hear such a result. It is difficult for both the bereaved family and us, but it is very difficult.”
The CEO of the Korea Electric Power Corporation subcontractor who hired the late Kim Daun (38), who died of electric shock from high voltage while working alone without safety measures, said to the bereaved by phone two months after the accident. Neither Woncheong KEPCO nor any of the subcontractors that hired the deceased gave a proper explanation of the accident to the bereaved family. The bereaved family asked the company to explain the circumstances of the accident several times, but they consistently complained of evasion. The subcontractor’s representative is not currently the subject of an investigation by the Ministry of Employment and Labor. The family was outraged, saying they couldn’t understand.
“I’m sorry” to the question “Why did you send me alone?”
After two months, I called and said, “I waited for two hours”
On the afternoon of the 7th,
CEO Yoon repeated the words “I’m sorry” over and over on the phone with the bereaved family around 4 pm on the 5th. When Jang asked, “I want to hear an honest account of why the accident happened,” CEO Yoon declined to answer, saying, “I was not at the scene, and I know that the on-site agent told me everything.” Again, he asked, “Why did you send (Down) alone?” He blurted out, “If you ask this question, I have nothing more to say, except that I am sorry.” He also said that the CEO did not directly send workers to the site.
Down’s older sister said, “No one told me how the accident happened on the first day of the accident. All of the employees said, ‘It’s a simple task that requires only raising a stick, but it seems like something is written on her eye’. There has been no phone call since then,” he asked again about the circumstances of the accident. However, CEO Yoon said, “There was no situation. I think we need to find out the circumstances,” he repeated. When asked, “It is a serious accident, do you understand it now?” he replied, “I thought it was delivered correctly.” “Why did (Down) send you alone? When asked why he didn’t send a live-line vehicle (high-altitude insulation work vehicle), he explained, “The guideline does not say that a live-line vehicle must go when traveling alone.”
Jang and her sister decided that they could no longer talk and hung up.
Instead, CEO Yoon complained that he waited more than two hours for a reply after he contacted him. He sent a text message to Mr. Down’s older sister at around 3 pm that day, saying, ‘I’ve been waiting until now because they said I’ll call you in 5 minutes’, and he urged me to reply again 16 minutes later. Jang exclaimed, “The bereaved family hasn’t heard anything for over two months. Was it so difficult to wait for only two hours?”