1 Dead at World-Largest Shipyard


A man working for the South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries has died after falling from a scaffold whilst on a job for Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, on July 19, 2016, reported the Korea Herald.

The latest of eight Hyundai Heavy workers to die in 2016, the 39-year-old called Shin suffered face and neck injuries with multiple limb fractures and was unable to be saved in hospital.

Park Hye-young, a Labour Attorney for the Solidarity for Worker’s Health, said: “It is appalling that workers still have to die due to dangerous working conditions, despite a series of similar kinds of deaths at Hyundai Heavy Industries’. This just shows the company’s indifference to workers’ deaths.”

This comes after announcements of mass strikes by shipbuilding unions due to the treatment of workers anda reduction of the workforce, due restructuring.

This event emphasises the importance of increased safety culture at global shipyards in order to ensure that workers remain safe, happy and productive.

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