[광주 아이파크 붕괴사고] Tower crane snow and dismantling workers ‘right to stop work’ activated, search for upper floors postponed

▲ Construction Union Gwangju Jeonnam Headquarters

The rescue operation from the collapse of the Hyundai Industrial Development I’Park construction site in Hwajeong-dong, Gwangju has been completely adjusted with the ‘right to stop work’ of the tower crane snow and dismantling worker. As of the 16th, five people are missing. The Occupational Safety and Health Act guarantees the right to suspend work for workers who are in imminent danger of an occupational accident. After the Gwangju collapse, the search for the missing upper floors, originally planned for the 16th, was postponed as workers involved in the dismantling of the upper floors of the tower cranes, which stood precariously, demanded that the work be stopped.

The accident management and integrated countermeasures headquarters in which Gwangju City and related organizations participated, set up a search policy on the 14th to dismantle a part of the tower crane tilted after the collapse and start searching for missing persons in the upper floors of the building in earnest. For this work, five tower crane snow and dismantling workers were put in. However, the members of the Tower Crane Snow and Dismantling Union declared that the work was suspended, saying, “The dismantling of the upper floors cannot be carried out in a situation where the middle support of the tower crane is detached and it is unknown when it will collapse.”

Jeong Hoe-woon, chairman of the Tower Crane Snow and Dismantling Union, explained, “I am well aware of the grief of the families of the missing, but the situation is so dangerous that it is impossible to dismantle the upper part of the tower crane.” 6~8, which is the middle part of the bracing that secures the tower crane to the building, was completely detached, and the 5th bracing also said that it is impossible to dismantle the upper part in a situation in which 2 of the 4 fixing parts fell off. Chairman Jung explained, “For now, so that the tower crane does not collapse any more, we need to reinforce it by fixing it to the wall using wire, and then work by dismantling the upper part.”

The upper floor of the building is the point where the search dog showed a special reaction along with the first basement floor where one missing person (determined death) was recovered on the 14th. On this day, the task force decided to dismantle the tower crane, which is at risk of further collapse, by completing the assembly of a 1,200-ton dismantling crane for dismantling the tower crane leaning on the collapsed building and putting it into the field on the 17th. The work of dismantling about half of the tilted tower crane from the top is expected to take place around the 21st of this month.

Meanwhile, the government has upgraded the head of the Central Industrial Accident Response Headquarters supervised by the Ministry of Employment and Labor to the level of deputy minister, and decided to hold meetings from time to time with the participation of relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Fire Service, and the National Police Agency. On the 14th, the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency canceled the KOSHA-MS certification of HDC Hyundai Development Company.

Reference-www.labortoday.co.kr

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