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worker in his 30s died after being caught in a machine at a factory that makes auto parts. As the number of deaths at industrial sites continues, it is counted that more than 160 workers have died this year in Busan and Gyeongnam alone.

This is KNN reporter Hwang Bo-ram.

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is an automobile parts manufacturing plant in Changwon, Gyeongnam.

Here, 33-year-old A, while checking the hydraulic machine, got caught and died while the machine was operating.

On the 5th, a part of a high voltage motor weighing 700 kg fell at the Changwon plant of Hyosung Heavy Industries, and a worker in his 60s died.

Last month, it was investigated that six people died in an industrial accident in Gyeongnam alone, and another death occurred.

According to the official statistics of the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency, only 159 deaths occurred at each business site in Busan, Gyeongnam, and Ulsan until the first half of this year.

Although there are less than three months left before the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents is enforced, concerns about safety management are growing as fatal accidents continue to occur at industrial sites.

As the proportion of accidents due to falls or jamming is high, more intensive countermeasures are needed.

[Jung Young-hyeon / Propaganda Manager of Gyeongnam Branch of the Metal Workers' Union: Most of the accidents occur in backward countries, such as being caught in a major disaster or falling. Most of these accidents occur because there are insufficient safety facilities.]

The Ministry of Employment and Labor plans to carry out self-diagnosis of 1,700 workplaces within this month ahead of the enforcement of the Serious Accident Punishment Act.

(Video coverage: Ha Ho-young KNN, video editing: Han Dong-min KNN)