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worker in her 50s who was loading coal ash into a freight car at the Yeongheung Thermal Power Plant in Incheon on Saturday fell from a car and died.

It was confirmed that there was no safety manager at the site at the time of the accident.

This is Kim Sang-min.

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51-year-old truck driver, Shim-mo, died at the Yeongheung Thermal Power Plant in Incheon, around 1:00 p.m. on the 28th.

The coal ash coming down from the hose was loaded into the lid on the ceiling of the 3.5m truck, and he stumbled and fell, and was taken to the hospital, but he died.

At the time of the accident, Shim was given the minimum amount of protective equipment, such as a hard hat and safety belt, but there was no safety manager.

The bereaved are in a position to postpone the funeral until the cause of the accident is identified.

[Sim's bereaved family: (I heard the news of coming soon) I went right out without preparation, without thinking.

I just went out with my wallet and cell phone, and my father died...


Lee Kang-jo, a freight car driver who slipped and injured while loading coal ash into a car at the same power plant last September, argued that a power plant's turnover of work due to a lack of manpower was the root cause of the accident.

[Lee Kang-jo/Vehicle driver: Literally, a contract of carriage means transporting, but there is no (contract) for loading trucks.]

He added that safety equipment may not work properly for drivers who are unfamiliar with the work environment.

[Gangjo Lee/Vehicle driver: This in itself is very inconvenient because pipes or the part where such things are displayed can be caught and fall over.]

Contrary to the arguments of truck drivers, Southeast Power is in charge of loading and unloading. It was done automatically through the power plant facility and claimed that it was never the job of the driver.

In addition, he said that on-site safety management was the responsibility of the subcontractor to which Mr. Shim belongs, and that he would watch the results of the investigation.

The police and the Ministry of Labor are checking who is responsible for safety management and whether safety training has been regularly conducted.

(Video coverage: Im Dong-guk, video editing: So Ji-hye, screen provided: public transport union)