Human Rights Commission enforces the Act on the Punishment of Serious Accidents “No exceptions to the application”

▲ Correspondent Jeong Ki-hoon

On the 27th of this month, ahead of the enforcement of the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents (Severe Disaster Punishment Act), the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (Chairman Song Doo-hwan) made a position that “no exceptions should be made”.

In a statement on the 26th, the Human Rights Committee issued a statement saying, “The reasons for the repeated occurrence of the highest number of industrial accident deaths and large-scale disasters among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries are the outsourcing of risks and the pursuit of cost reduction, as well as the severity and extent of disasters. “Unlike the Industrial Safety and Health Act, which has mainly held the responsibility of on-site managers, the enactment of the Serious Accident Punishment Act puts the responsibility on the business owner and management manager, and subcontractor workers for industrial accidents caused by outsourcing. It is meaningful in that it has put in place regulations on the responsibility and punishment of the prime minister in response to the problem of concentration.”

Nevertheless, “businesses with fewer than 5 employees are excluded from legal use, and businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be effective from January 27, 2024,” he said. pointed out

According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, 63% of industrial accident deaths in 2020 occurred at workplaces with fewer than 50 workers. The death toll from industrial accidents is 2,062, with an average of 5.6 workers dying every day.

The Human Rights Commission emphasized that “the need for prevention and protection under the Serious Accident Punishment Act is very urgent in workplaces with fewer than 5 and 50 employees.” “Life and safety are the most basic and core values ​​of human rights,” he said.

The Human Rights Commission said, “The Act on the Punishment of Serious Accidents should work properly as a device to protect the lives and safety of workers and citizens. In the event of an accident, we need to secure its effectiveness through strict legal application.”

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